Rare Occult Texts go Digital, Roxane Gay on Artistic Legacy, 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:

“It’s time to say that there is no artistic work, no legacy so great that we choose to look the other way.” In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Roxane Gay reckons with the question of how to treat the art of those who have been exposed as sexual predators. (Marie Claire)

Meanwhile, several women editors, including Elissa Schappell, Halimah Marcus, and Marisa Siegel, weigh in on sexual discrimination in the literary world. (Literary Hub)

With the financial support of Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown, the Ritman Library in Amsterdam has made the first 1,600 of several thousand rare occult texts available digitally. The project, “Hermetically Open,” which can be browsed for free online, includes texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, medicine, and philosophy. (Open Culture)

The Washington Post rounds up ten books being made into movies this year, including Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians.

Speaking of movie adaptations, the film version of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult classic, A Wrinkle in Time, will come out in March. L’Engle’s granddaughters, who wrote a biography of the writer that came out yesterday, share the story behind both the biography and the movie. (Publishers Weekly)

“My poetry doesn’t exist anywhere…. There’s no body attached to them. No attachment to the real world.” Poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo discusses writing while undocumented. (Paris Review)

Central American poet Claribel Alegría died on January 25 at age ninety-three. Alegría wrote many poetry collections and novels that depicted the political turmoil of El Salvador and Nicaragua. (New York Times)

“There’s something in our culture where people are focused on the accomplishment and not the actual art or the idea.” Poet and sociologist Eve L. Ewing talks with the Creative Independent about her writing goals and habits.

Ewing shares more about her inspiration and process in the latest Poets & Writers’ debut poets feature, “The Whole Self.”