Poet Accused of Plagiarism, Publishers Weekly Names New Poetry Reviews Editor, 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 Rachel McKibbens has called out poet Ailey O’Toole for plagiarizing her work and passing off McKibbens’s experiences as her own. Several poets, including Hieu Minh Nguyen and Wanda Deglane, have also come forward and said O’Toole plagiarized their work; O’Toole’s forthcoming collection has been canceled. (Jezebel)

Meanwhile, Louis Menand considers literary hoaxes and the ethics of authorship. (New Yorker)

Maya C. Popa has been named the poetry reviews editor of Publishers Weekly; she succeeds Alex Crowley.

Last Thursday the Mystery Writers of America revoked the prize they had given author and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein after several members of the organization pointed out Fairstein’s role in the wrongful incarceration of five teenagers on charges of rape in 1989. (Hill)

More than twenty writers, including Jonathan Franzen, Hilary Mantel, Yuval Noah Harari, and Ali Smith, weigh in on their favorite books of 2018. (Guardian)

Poet Jericho Brown interviews poet Tracy K. Smith about her role as U.S. poet laureate, the influence of motherhood on her work, and what she’s working on. (Believer)

Read “Far From Ordinary: A Profile of Tracy K. Smith” from the March/April 2015 issue of Poets & Writers.

“I strongly believe in creating our own opportunities in our own spaces so that we can cherish and uplift Black work and artistry across all genres in the literary space.” Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, talks with NPR about her new anthology of work by Black women writers.

Well-Read Black Girl Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is one of the three anthologies featured in the latest installment of The Anthologist. (Poets & Writers)