Poetry Path in New York City, Editor and Publisher Harold Evans Dies, 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.

Poets House, a poetry library and literary center in New York City, has created an immersive “Poetry Path” in Battery Park City. Lines from over forty poets—including established writers and two elementary school students—are scattered throughout the park. The installation formally launches today with a series of virtual events set to begin at 1 PM EDT.  

Harold Evans, the legendary editor, publisher, and literary figure, died on Wednesday at age ninety-two. After more than a decade at the helm of the Sunday Times in the U.K., Evans moved to the United States where he rose to prominence as president and publisher of Random House from 1990 to 1997. (New York Times)

Publishers Weekly reports on the ongoing efforts of Artist Relief to support creatives in need of financial aid due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since launching in April, the funding initiative has distributed over $13.5 million in grants to more than 2,700 artists working in various disciplines, including writing, film, theater, and visual art. Organizers have confirmed that grant distribution will continue through the end of 2020.  

The Los Angeles Times Book Club hosted “Black Poets in a Time of Unrest” yesterday evening, which featured a conversation with Los Angeles poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis and readings from seven other writers. A recording of the event is available online. 

“I was fascinated by this world on which we all depend, and yet is almost invisible to us.” Anja Kampmann on choosing to research and write about oil rig workers in her recent novel, High as the Waters Rise. (Chicago Review of Books)

“The Ramona series has many tiny pinpricks of the uncanny—and each is a delight.” Adrienne Raphel revisits Beverly Cleary’s classic Ramona Quimby series, and discovers enduring lessons for the contemporary age. (Paris Review Daily)

Ahead of the publication of Jack, the fourth novel in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead series, four writers reflect on the curiosities and lessons of the series thus far. (FSG Work in Progress)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia talks to NPR Code Switch about examining the legacies of colonialism and eugenics in her latest novel, Mexican Gothic