PEN America Suspends Emerging Voices Fellowship for 2021, Writers Advocate for Climate Justice, 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.

PEN America has announced it will not offer its Emerging Voices Fellowship program in 2021 “due to the constraints on convening a cohort of fellows and the non-renewal of several key grants that have supported the program.” Established in 1996, the Los Angeles–based fellowship offered mentorship and professional development programming for marginalized writers. While the long-term status of the fellowship remains uncertain, PEN America plans to launch a series of free and open-access workshops inspired by the program in the interim. 

Several prominent authors, including Zadie Smith, are scheduled to speak at the Writers Rebel climate justice demonstration in London this evening. The event is part of a ten-day protest organized by the Extinction Rebellion movement. (Guardian)

“At a recent reading with almost eight hundred in attendance, I again noticed that people of color were largely absent.” Claudia Castro Luna, the poet laureate of Washington state, advocates for more intentional inclusivity in Seattle’s literary scene. (Crosscut)

“Some days my morning is all on the path to positivity, and some days I’m just holding myself together with glue and duct tape.” Aya Kanai describes her day-to-day as editor in chief of Marie Claire. (Cut)

Kimberly Alidio recommends writing and reading Language poetry in order to reimagine society. “It may offer a set of practices relevant to our present catastrophe: a space beyond recognition, legibility, surveillance, conditioning, incentivization, and expectation.” (Harriet) 

Literati, the Austin, Texas–based literacy nonprofit and book club and subscription company, has partnered with Little Free Library to establish new library boxes in local neighborhoods. The company also plans to donate books to exisiting boxes in the city. (Publishers Weekly)

“We’re always looking for books with something original and urgent to say.” Jill Schoolman reflects on the ethos of Archipelago Books. (Brownstoner)

New York Post highlights its most-anticipated fall titles, including Tana French’s The Searcher and Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind.