Simon & Schuster Drops Josh Hawley Book, Rebecca Solnit on White Identity Politics, and More

by Staff
1.8.21

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.

Simon & Schuster has released a statement announcing it will cancel the publication of The Tyranny of Big Tech by Josh Hawley, citing the Missouri senator’s complicity in Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” Hawley is among numerous Republican lawmakers who insist, despite lack of evidence, that the recent presidential election was compromised by voter fraud. (Guardian)

“One of the indigestible facts of this country is that most of its terrorism and nearly all its mass shootings are committed by mostly conservative-leaning white men.” In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rebecca Solnit writes on the threat of white identity politics. (Literary Hub)

Calvin University student Gabrielle Eisma has created a “poetic geo-caching experience” in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Using a set of die stamps, she has printed poems by local writers in unusual places all over the city, including the inside of a culvert. (WZZM13)

“The body has instincts for grieving, though I’ve always had trouble understanding them.” Poet Traci Brimhall reflects on the parallels between grieving and artmaking. (Guernica)

“When I sit down to write it, the language tells me what to do.” Poet Dan Chiasson offers a window into his creative process. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“I think it covers so much ground if you start from kindness.” Abeer Hoque discusses the art of teaching writing. (Electric Literature)

In his spare time, New York City poet Taylor Mali removes plastic bags and other detritus caught in trees using a modified painter’s pole, dubbed the “Snatchelator.” (New York Times)

Bustle recommends twenty-nine January books, including Outlawed by Anna North and Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters.