Short-Term Win for Publishers Suing Audible, Edwidge Danticat on Immigration, and More


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.

Following a lawsuit filed by the Association of American Publishers and seven major publishing houses, audiobook company Audible has agreed to exclude the plaintiff publishers’ titles from its planned speech-to-text feature until the permission and licensing issues raised in the suit have been resolved. (Publishers Weekly)

At NPR, Edwidge Danticat talks about belonging, the different aches she feels for her two homes, and how her new story collection, Everything Inside, reflects her experiences as a Haitian immigrant in the United States.

For readers eagerly anticipating the release of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments on September 10, the New York Times offers a guide to preparing for The Handmaid’s Tale sequel, which picks up fifteen years after the events of Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.

“People laugh at you if you’re caught being vulnerable, but in actuality, I think it’s the only the only way to ever make a connection with folks.” Jericho Brown on putting yourself out there on the page, the poetry scene in Atlanta, and the sound of the South. (Atlanta)

Poet Timothy Donnelly talks to the Kenyon Review about finding inspiration in philosophy, the difference between writing poetry and criticism, and his forthcoming collection, The Problem of the Many. “Poetry is all about getting to breathe deep, and for its own sake.”

In an essay excerpted from the new anthology March Sisters, Carmen Maria Machado examines the real-life tragedy behind the story of Beth March in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Beth’s character was based on Alcott’s second-youngest sister, Lizzie, a young woman whose literary family built “a sepulcher of words around her.” (Paris Review)

At the New Yorker, Maya Phillips considers the career and credo of Joy Harjo, and the new U.S. poet laureate’s latest collection, An American Sunrise. “Harjo, though very much a poet of America, extracts from her own personal and cultural touchstones a more galactal understanding of the world, and her poems become richer for it. Here, she says, is a living, breathing earth to which we’re all connected. Here is unbridled potential for the poetic—in everything, even in ourselves.”

“When I’m just focusing on me, I feel like I’m distancing myself from other people. But when I write something, I think about other people. Then I can lose myself and try to write about everybody else’s problems.” Poet, actor, and activist Donté Clark shares what it means to create from a place of love. (Creative Independent)