Publishing Triangle Awards Finalists, Yiyun Li’s Virtual Book Club, 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 Publishing Triangle announced the finalists for its thirty-second annual Publishing Triangle Awards, which honor LGBTQ poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The association also announced Eileen Myles as the recipient of the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, and Oliver Baez Bendorf as the winner of the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award

Yiyun Li is collaborating with A Public Space to host a three-month virtual book club for War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Starting March 18, Li will share a passage from the day’s assigned reading via A Public Space’s social media accounts, and invite responses and questions using #TolstoyTogether. 

Creative Capital has assembled a list of resources for artists coping with financial loss due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Literary Hub is also putting together a list of resources for freelance artists affected by the pandemic. 

Jenna Homen offers tips for supporting independent bookstores during the outbreak. (

Joining the effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, PEN America has canceled the 2020 PEN World Voices Festival: These Truths, which had been scheduled to open May 4 in New York City. 

“Until we die, we don’t give up the idea that emergence can still occur, that change can still occur.” In an interview at BOMB, poet, artist, and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña discusses her creative philosophies

Dao Strom talks to the Los Angeles Review of Books about her linked story collection, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, and leaning into experimental forms.