Terrance Hayes Named Poetry Editor for New York Times Magazine, NEA Gives Grants in Every State, 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:

Terrance Hayes has been named the new poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine. Hayes, who succeeds Matthew Zapruder, will select and introduce the magazine’s weekly poem.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced its second round of grants for the 2017 fiscal year, which will support arts organizations in every U.S. state and jurisdiction—from Butte, Montana, to Winter Park, Florida, to Farmville, North Carolina. The NEA, which is funded through the end of September and is on the president’s budgetary chopping block, will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million. (arts.gov)

Tony Tulathimutte offers a guide to submitting your writing if “you’re not James Franco,” with tips on cover letters, dealing with rejections, and warnings about the editing process. (Catapult)

“That’s one of the things I love about poetry, you know? Ever since I was young, it just seemed like a thing I would never get to the end of. I’d never really figure it out.” Nick Flynn talks with Divedapper about the intersection of writing, addiction, and recovery.

A Dutch citizen is auctioning off original copies of books that Barack Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama I, wrote in the 1950s in his native language, Luo. (New York Times)

The Guardian looks at some of the most famous typos and misprints in publishing history, including the initial run of Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom, which resulted in the publisher, HarperCollins, pulping the first print run of eighty thousand books.

Meanwhile, the five major American publishers are caught in the middle of ongoing lawsuits between one of their paper suppliers, Resolute Forest Products, and Greenpeace. Greenpeace, which for years has been campaigning against Resolute Forest Products’ logging practices in Canada’s boreal forest, alleges that the paper company’s defamation lawsuit against them violates free speech and has urged publishers to consider their free-speech and sustainability commitments. (Publishers Weekly)

Charles McGrath considers the legacy of British poet A. E. Housman and his 1887 collection, A Shropshire Lad, and how his “singular vision seized hold of the English imagination.” (New Yorker)