Repurposing “Creative Waste,” the Most Popular Books of the Season, 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.

“It is not an easy path to monetize your art. It’s not easy in the logistical sense, but it’s also not easy emotionally. I want to be pragmatic about the weight, but I also want to share the ways I am still able to reignite my love of poetry when the clouds roll in.” Kayleb Rae Candrilli finds pleasure and sustenance in repurposing “creative waste” into new work. (Harriet)

Emily Temple of Literary Hub has once again scoured the literary internet for fall reading lists and compiled the data to determine the most popular books of the season. Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle tops the chart, having appeared on twenty-five lists. (Literary Hub)

“Ashbery’s elusiveness survives as a reminder, despite its privileged position, that there is still a certain power in opacity, in remaining unknown.” Reading John Ashbery, David Schurman Wallace finds insight on “the new stakes of poetry in the networked age.” (Drift)

“While young adult, new adult, and genre books have embraced queer characters with open arms, literary books geared towards adults featuring bisexuality can slip through the cracks.” McKayla Coyle and Alexandria Juarez spotlight nine literary novels that represent bisexuality on the page. (Electric Literature)

“This art is my reason for being. And if I can do it as well as I can possibly do it, maybe I can give you a glimpse of something that makes life reasonable.” Alice McDermott reflects on questions of life and craft. (BOMB)

“Joining forces with people who share my values to not only salvage the world, but also create the world we want, that’s been the most meaningful component in my life.” Daniel Sherrell, the author of Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World, finds solace in the community of the climate movement. (Cut)

“I don’t spend much time thinking about whether what I do is philosophy or not. I just write about what I’m interested in.” Amia Srinivasan, the author of The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, discusses her relationship to her writing. (Paris Review Daily)

“My discovery of reading as a consuming pleasure began with the Hardy Boys.” Amor Towles features in the latest installment of the By the Book interview series at the New York Times.