Parenting During the Pandemic, Semicolon Owner Wins Literary Citizen Award, 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.

“Parenting can be isolating; in this moment, much more so.” Novelist Sonya Chung interviews three couples working in the arts about the challenges of parenting during the pandemic. (Millions)

DL Mullen, the owner of the bookstore and gallery Semicolon, has won the Chicago Review of Books Adam Morgan Literary Citizen Award. The annual prize honors “a person who has made outstanding contributions to Chicago’s literary scene.”

“Stories work in compression and intensity, and their structure helps me get to the place where everything collapses or the threads come together. It can echo some of the intensity of how being alive feels.” In a profile at the New York Times, Danielle Evans celebrates the short story

“Nominal gains for Black people, even when they fall substantially short of achieving equity, disrupt white homeostasis because staggering disequilibrium is our cultural resting state.” Writer and musician G’Ra Asim examines the violence of white racial anxiety. (Guernica)

“I think it is such a talent to make the reader forget they are reading and to just completely immerse them in the story in a way that is very cinematic.” Journalist and novelist Tim Murphy reflects on his ideal literary aesthetic. (Lambda Literary Review)

“What I’ve learned over the years is that I write about complicity. This transcends the Brooklyn stuff, the science fiction, and the crime stories.” In a profile at Literary Hub, Jonathan Lethem identifies the recurring questions and themes of his literary career.  

“It’s all about language and where you can pressure a word towards a portal.” Kimiko Hahn discusses seizing inspiration and opportunity in her tenth book of poems, Foreign Bodies. (Rumpus)

“Exile is not a story that can be told through just one generation.” Christopher Louis Romaguera recommends seven books about exile. (Electric Literature)