O’Rourke Named New Editor of Yale Review, Stern to Leave Crown, and More


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

Poet Meghan O’Rourke has been named the next editor of the Yale Review. She’ll succeed acting editor Harold Augenbraum on July 1 of next year, the 200th anniversary of the journal’s founding. (Publishers Weekly)

Following the merger of Random House and Crown—whose combined division will be known as Random House—Crown senior vice president and publisher, Molly Stern, who edited Michelle Obama’s Becoming, will be leaving the company. (New York Times)

Curtis Sittenfeld, the best-selling author of the novels Prep and Eligible, will publish her next short story as an Audible Original. The new story, “Atomic Marriage,” read by Diane Lane, will be released on January 4 exclusively through the audio platform, which is owned by Amazon. Other authors to strike Audible Original deals include Margaret Atwood, Phillip Pullman, and Michael Lewis. (New York Times)

Patricia Lockwood has won the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor for her memoir, Priestdaddy. She’ll receive $5,000.

“Poems willing to enter into this fraught space don’t merely stand on the bank calling out instructions on how or what to believe; they take us by the arm and walk us into the lake, wetting us with the muddied and the muddled, and sometimes even the holy.” At the New York Times Book Review, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith explores why poets are getting increasingly political.

The right to live offline, to self-define, to choose, to a healthy planet: As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, authors including Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Olivia Laing reimagine it for today. (Guardian)

Jon Krakauer has filed a lawsuit over the musical adaptation of his 1996 book, Into the Wild. Krakauer originally agreed to let playwrights Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard use his name and the book title for their adaptation but changed his mind after objecting to the script. (Associated Press)

“We are all busy, and poetry is short.” Trying to find a gift for someone who says they have no time to read? Tess Taylor suggests a book of poetry. (NPR)