Nicole Terez Dutton Named Editor of the Kenyon Review, Jamaica Kincaid on Life Under Coronavirus, 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 Kenyon Review has announced that Nicole Terez Dutton will start as its new editor on July 1. She succeeds David H. Lynn, who led the journal for twenty-six years. Dutton is currently the poetry editor at the Baffler and the managing editor at both Transition Magazine and the Du Bois Review.

“It’s as if we are dead and somehow have been given the unheard-of opportunity to see the life we lived, the way we lived it.” Jamaica Kincaid reflects on life during the coronavirus pandemic. (Paris Review Daily)

“There’s been very little panic. What there has been—you feel it, I feel it, everybody feels it—is a low, constant fear in the American public.” Stephen King discusses Twitter, politics, and the coronavirus pandemic. (New York Times Magazine

Stephanie Burt writes in praise of long poems and highlights four recent books that “use length as an aesthetic device”: Fred Moten’s All That Beauty, Emmalea Russo’s Wave Archive, Rosalie Moffet’s Nervous System, and Hannah Sullivan’s Three Poems. (Yale Review)

“There is no way around pen on paper. No accolade will relieve you from the hard work of showing up.” Caits Meissner offers a pep talk to writers who worry they are falling behind. (Creative Independent)

Tan Lin sifts through boxes of books from his adolescence and writes “bibliographic poems” that document the physical details of (and memories associated with) individual texts. (Harriet)

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Nicole Simek discusses translating Maryse Condé’s The Belle Créole

Chloe Aridjis, who won the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel Sea Monsters, answers the Book Marks Questionnaire.  

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to Ryan Chapman, the author of Riots I Have Known, for his “Nerd Jeopardy” literary trivia series, held Wednesday nights on Zoom. In addition to hosting the game, Chapman highlights different independent bookstores and solicits donations for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Tonight’s event will feature guest authors Jerry Saltz and Rebecca Dinerstein Knight.