Poetry Across the Nations, Digital Dante, 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:

Last night poet, activist, and community leader Andrea Jenkins won a Minneapolis City Council seat, making her the first openly trans woman of color elected to any U.S. public office. (Washington Post)

The Poetry Foundation and the Seattle-based Hugo House have collaborated on a new initiative, Poetry Across the Nations, to support the work of Native poets through readings and workshops.

Meanwhile, at the New Yorker Danielle Geller annotates the first page of the first Navajo-English dictionary.

Open Culture features the many illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the fifteenth and sixteenth century, which are viewable as part of Columbia University’s Digital Dante project.

John Kulka has been named the new editorial director of the Library of America; he will succeed Cheryl Hurley, who is retiring at the end of the year. (Shelf Awareness)

The New York Times visits ninety-three-year-old sculptor and writer Otis Kidwell Burger, who has been holding poetry salons for decades in her Greenwich Village townhouse, where she used to rent out rooms to “artists, sailors, a transvestite prostitute, and a magician” for eight dollars a night.

On Saturday at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, actor Tom Hanks, who is promoting his book of stories, Uncommon Type, helped a couple get engaged. (Los Angeles Times)

Colossal features artist Kate Kato and her intricate sculptures of wildlife made out of found and recycled books and paper