Terrance Hayes to Lead Pitt Poetry Series as Interim Editor, Inaugural LitUp Fellows, and More

by Staff
12.15.21

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.

In a press release, the University of Pittsburgh Press announced the appointment of Terrance Hayes as interim editor of the Pitt Poetry Series—longtime series editor Ed Ochester retired earlier this year. Poets Nancy Krygowski and Jeffrey McDaniel will also join the editorial team. A permanent series editor will be named at a later date.

Six writers have been selected as the inaugural fellows for LitUp, a new program administered by Reese’s Book Club that supports women writers from diverse backgrounds who have not yet published a book or secured an agent. Each fellow will receive mentorship from a Reese’s Book Club author, an all-expense paid writer’s retreat, and a grant of $2,500. “I was overjoyed with the range and quality of the submissions received, so choosing our fellows was an incredibly difficult task,” said Witherspoon. (Business Wire)

Pantheon has hired Concepción de León to serve as a senior editor. De León, who has worked for the New York Times for the past five years, will edit nonfiction. She will primarily seek out books by emerging Latinx writers, works of reportage, and cultural criticism. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile at the Los Angeles Times, David Treuer, who also recently joined the team at Pantheon, spotlights five fellow Indigenous authors. As an editor-at-large at Pantheon, Treuer intends to prioritize acquiring books by Native writers and emerging authors.

The longlists for the 2022 PEN Literary Awards have been revealed. The most valuable of the prizes is the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, which goes to a “a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact” and carries a purse of $75,000.

“As I sat down to write, I imagined myself taking in breath, enough to last me for hours. Then I’d dive as deep as I could go.” In her own practice, Ingrid Rojas Contreras imagines novel writing as akin to freediving. She seeks out other metaphors that might lend context to the demands of the writing process, consulting Alexandra Kleeman and R. O. Kwon, among other authors. (Don’t Write Alone)

The editors at Book Marks have calculated which works of fiction received the most favorable reviews this year. Leading the pack is Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, which received twenty-seven rave reviews.

The four books critics of the New York Times—Dwight Garner, Alexandra Jacobs, Jennifer Szalai, and Molly Young—discuss the highs and lows of the year in books.