Paraguayan Poet Preserves Ancient Language, Hijab Poems, 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 storie​​​​​​s:

As part of its Around the World series, OZY profiles Paraguayan poet Susy Delgado. Delgado, whose collection, Yvytu yma/Viento Viejo, won the 2017 Paraguay Literature Prize, writes in both Spanish and Guarani, the indigenous language of the rural and native Paraguayan people.

“I started to see the whole project…as one of reconciliation. Reconciling ‘nature’ with ‘the city,’ the city’s past with the park’s future.” Poet Tommy Pico discusses his new project, FEED: A Garden Soundscape, a twenty-eight-minute audio poem that is playing this summer at the High Line Park in New York City. (Literary Hub)

Australian-Muslim poet Maryam Azam talks about the impetus for her new collection, The Hijab Files, an exploration of  “a contemporary, Australian experience of wearing the headscarf.” (ABC News Australia)

The July pick for “Now Read This,” a new book club from PBS NewsHour and the New York Times, is Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction.

“Sometimes reading is like medicine, other times it is a confrontation with God—I don’t do it much in public.” Fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her reading habits with the New York Times.

Meanwhile, John Evans, owner of the California-based bookstore Diesel, shares his summer reading suggestions with NPR.

At the Paris Review, Susanna Kaysen looks back at the success of her memoir, Girl, Interrupted, twenty-five years after its release.