Poetry Coalition Launches Fellowship Program, Romance Writers of America Plans New 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.

The Poetry Coalition is piloting a new paid fellowship program. Each year five different member organizations will host individual part-time fellows over a forty-week period. This year’s host organizations are CantoMundo, Cave Canem, Kundiman, Mizna, and Split This Rock; applications are due on July 15. 

After facing intense scrutiny over issues of transparency, diversity, and inclusion this winter, the Romance Writers of America has announced it will permanently cease its RITA Awards program. In its place, the organization plans to introduce a new award, the Vivian, which will be developed by a task force “guided by the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Science and art are of a piece, different but complementary forms and systems of knowledge.” Lydia Millet, the author of A Children’s Bible, argues that both science and art are critical to building a sustainable future. (Chicago Review of Books)

At the Creative Independent, John Paul Brammer talks productivity during the pandemic, and translating his popular advice column, ¡Hola Papi!, into a memoir. 

“People can’t understand the world as a gift unless someone shows them how it’s a gift.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, the author of Braiding Sweetgrass, on restoring respect for nature. (Guardian)

Annapurna Television has bought the rights to adapt Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You as a limited series. (Variety)

TIME recommends forty-five forthcoming summer titles, including Lynn Steger Strong’s Want, Kelli Jo Ford’s Crooked Hallelujah, and Ottessa Moshfegh’s Death in Her Hands

Carter Sickels curates a reading list of queer fiction in rural settings. (Literary Hub)

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to Ann Patchett for spotlighting new books via video messages on the Parnassus Books Instagram page. Her latest recommendation is I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott.