New Poetry Series at Beacon Press, Colson Whitehead Discusses Story Adapted From Harlem Shuffle, 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.

In a press release, Beacon Press announced a new poetry series, Raised Voices, which will feature books that “affirm progressive values, give voice to many identities, are accessible to a wide readership, and celebrate poetry’s ability to access truth in a way no other form can.” Achy Obejas’s bilingual collection Boomerang/Bumerán, due out in September, will be the first book published in the series. Three or so books will be acquired for Raised Voices each year.

“I was staring off into space and thinking about how much I like heist films and how much fun it would be to write a heist.” Colson Whitehead discusses the impetus behind his story “The Theresa Job,” which recently appeared in the New Yorker and is adapted from his forthcoming novel, Harlem Shuffle.

“Lately, I’ve been thinking that what drives so much of the anger and antagonism online is our helplessness offline.” Roxane Gay speculates on why online spaces and discourse feel increasingly volatile. (New York Times)

“I think any memoiristic work that proceeds to look inward must also acknowledge that our life is populated with the influence of so many others.” Muriel Leung reflects on the themes and communities at the heart of her latest book, Imagine Us, the Swarm. (Poetry Northwest)

“I had no plans to write a ‘book about motherhood.’ If anything, I had plans not to write that book because I had accepted the messages that motherhood is boring.” Rachel Yoder describes carving out a new model for motherhood in her debut novel, Nightbitch. (Millions)

“When you write a book, the worst thing I think that can happen is that you work on it for years and then no one wants to publish it. That feels like failure. But that happened to me and I was able to push past it.” Elizabeth Gonzalez James, the author of Mona at Sea, discusses persistence, humor, and editing. (Rumpus)

“A good ‘beach read’ can mean something different to everyone.” Carrie McBride of the New York Public Library recommends satisfying beach reads in multiple genres.

The Guardian has shared an international reading list featuring nine authors from nine different countries, including Shiori Ito of Japan and Ondjaki of Angola.