Public Library to Open in Obama Presidential Center, “Poet Voice” Defined, 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:

The Obama Foundation and the City of Chicago have signed a tentative deal to open a branch of the Chicago Public Library at the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. It will be the first presidential center to include a public library rather than an official National Archives and Records Administration presidential library. (Chicago Sun Times)    

“I think people of color, because we don’t learn our own histories in the same way in school or in a lot of mainstream media, we have this hunger to understand ourselves and to understand what’s going on, our histories, our place in the world.” The Washington Post showcases several thriving independent bookstores in the Washington, D.C. area created by and for people of color.

A recent study in the Journal of Cultural Analytics applies empirical methods to define the particular style of poetry reading known as “Poet Voice.”

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova has pushed back the release date of her book about the world of professional poker because, according to Deadspin, she “got too good” at the game. 

May is Short Story Month, and Signature highlights seven short stories that demonstrate the vitality of the genre.

HBO Documentary Films is producing a documentary series based on the late Michelle McNamara’s best-selling true-crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. (Deadline)

“I really begin a book not knowing what it is going to be about, to be honest, though it sounds rather foolish, but that’s the way I’ve worked in the past.” Michael Ondaatje discusses his new novel, Warlight, out next week from Knopf. (Publishers Weekly)