Teenage Poet Yahya Hassan, Class Divide Between Adjunct and Tenured Professors, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Vice magazine features Yahya Hassan, a teenage Danish Palestinian poet whose first collection is the most popular book of Danish poetry in history. The young poet’s outspoken views on Islam have resulted in death threats, and a physical assault.

A Barnes & Noble bookstore is scheduled to shutter in Florissant, Missouri, at the end of February. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Meanwhile, Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is for sale. (Shelf Awareness)

Amazon announced yesterday the creation of its fifteenth imprint, Waterfall Press, which will publish Christian-themed fiction and nonfiction. (Los Angeles Times)

GalleyCat showcases an infographic created by e-book startup Hiptype called, “The DNA of a Successful Book.” Among the many e-book publishing statistics it features, the chart states that the biggest revenue winners are priced at $3.99.

NBC News spotlights the income disparity between adjunct and tenured professors in the United States. For instance, a tenured professor may earn $144,000 teaching at the City University of New York, while the national average for an adjunct is $2,987 per course each semester.

BuzzFeed wants to know if you can guess the identity of a classic novel after reading its first sentence.