Sonia Sanchez Earns Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, Bridge From Winnie the Pooh Sold at Auction, 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.

The winner of this year’s Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which honors an artist who “has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation,” is poet Sonia Sanchez. Zeyba Rahman, who led the selection committee, praised Sanchez’s “extraordinary literary gift and her lifelong commitment to speaking up for social justice.” The prize comes with a purse of $250,000. (New York Times)

The wooden bridge that became famous after it featured in A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books was recently put up for auction. The successful bidder, Lord De La Warr, paid £131,625 (approximately $179,502) for the structure. (Guardian)

Cofounders Celia Johnson and Maria Gagliano have announced that Slice, known for its magazine and writer’s conference, will be closing down. The pair write that “pandemic-related changes have made it impossible to sustain the nonprofit.”

“With short story collections, I think you get to have your cake and eat it too. The individual stories can be spare or lengthy, detailed or minimalist, but then can collectively build to a larger whole that might hold similar weight to a novel.” Casey Plett, the author of A Dream of a Woman, reflects on the appeal of writing story collections. (Lambda Literary Review)

“Ambiguous images can invite the reader to become a more active participant.” Amitava Kumar makes the case for including visual elements in literary books. (Atlantic)

“When I witness Rooney’s massive hype across the media and internet, I can’t help but chafe against her literary empire’s assumption of relatability and universality—one that is only afforded to white narratives.” Malavika Kannan considers why narratives by writers of color are still boxed out from the universal. (Electric Literature)

“I didn’t feel like a bouncer, say, excluding various poems, more like an anthologist, hoping to give a sense of the marrow and range of each book while not overwhelming a reader.” Maureen McLane discusses the process of curating More Anon: Selected Poems. (Paris Review Daily)

After hosting the past two National Book Festivals online, the Library of Congress has announced it aims to host the 2022 program in-person. Clay Smith has also been brought on as literary director. (Publishers Weekly)


Editor’s note: There will be no Daily News next week. Coverage will resume Monday, October 18.