New Funding for Disability Futures, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Finalists, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

The Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have pledged $5 million in funding to Disability Futures, which will enable the fellowship program, administered by United States Artists, to extend through 2025 and accept two new cohorts of creatives. The inaugural fellowship recipients, who each received unrestricted grants of $50,000, were announced in October last year. The Disability Futures Virtual Festival is taking place today and tomorrow to honor and celebrate the current fellows. (Hyperallergic)

M. Leona Godin wrote about the first class of Disability Futures Fellows in this year’s January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Twelve writers have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, which offer grants of $25,800 to U.S. poets between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-one. The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine will reveal the five winners in September.

“Television adaptations are influencing every stage of a book’s life, including how it’s acquired in the first place.” Three academics examine the recent rise in book-to-television deals and consider what characteristics make a work of fiction appealing to producers. (Atlantic)

Abdi Latif Dahir of the New York Times writes about several up-and-coming literary publications centering African writers and artists, including Lolwe and Doek.

Publishers Weekly reports on the gradual return of in-person literary events and fairs, observing more buy-in from independent publishers, while big companies remain reticent.

Bookshop has now distributed over $15 million to U.S. independent bookstores from its general pool of funds, which does not include the 30 percent commissions earned by independent bookstores on their affiliate sales. (Shelf Awareness)

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover of Emily St. John Mandel’s next novel, Sea of Tranquility, which is due out from Knopf on April 19, 2022. Of the design, Mandel writes, “It conveys a sense of mystery and atmosphere that I think beautifully reflects the book.”

“What kind of havoc does time wreak on memories of old friends?” Zak Salih recommends eight novels that probe the nature and longevity of childhood friendships. (Electric Literature)