Saeed Jones on BuzzFeed’s Twitter Show, Audible Turns Twenty, 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:

OUT Magazine interviews poet Saeed Jones of Buzzfeed about his latest role at the company: Cohost of BuzzFeed’s news program, AM to DM, which broadcasts live on Twitter each weekday morning.

On Monday Krysten Ritter, star of the Netflix series Jessica Jones, released her debut novel, Bonfire (Crown). At Paste, the actor and writer discusses why she decided to write a thriller, how acting prep work informed her approach to developing the novel’s characters, and her desire to write another book.

The audiobook subscription service Audible is turning twenty this year. To celebrate, the company is giving away free audiobooks and other merchandise to its members through November 20. Bustle lists Audible’s eighteen most popular audiobooks of the past twenty years.

Want to get out of the chaotic news cycle and read something comforting for a bit? McSweeney’s recently partnered with Casper Mattress to launch Woolly Magazine, a print periodical featuring articles on “comfort and bubble baths and soup and the various ways we rest, relax, and recharge.”

“It was important to me that the book have a lot of stylistic variation and look different on the page — I wanted to keep the reading experience lively.” Poet, fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer Beth Ann Fennelly discusses her new genre-bending prose collection, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs. In the September/October 2017 installment of Poets & Writers Magazine’s Literary MagNet column, Fennelly discussed five journals that first published pieces appearing in the book.

Open Culture reports that the Internet Archive is currently making dozens of books published from 1923 to 1941 available for free online, and plans to add ten thousand more titles in the near future.

Did mid-twentieth century confessional poets like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton set the stage for reality television? Writer Christopher Grobe investigates. (Literary Hub)