The 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grants, D. H. Lawrence’s Obscenity Trial, and More


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 Whiting Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Creative Nonfiction Grants. The $40,000 grants are awarded annually to up to eight writers in the process of completing creative nonfiction projects. One of this year’s honorees, Kristen Radtke, is the first person to receive the grant for a work of graphic nonfiction. (Poets & Writers)

Bristol University has acquired the annotated copy of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover used in a landmark obscenity trial in the U.K. On the heels of reforms to British obscenity law, the 1960 ruling in favor of the publisher, Penguin Books, signaled a new era for creative freedoms. (New York Times)

At the Washington Post, Michael Dirda highlights two publishers and two literary magazines that have stood the test of time: NYRB Classics, Crippen & Landru Publishers, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Chicago Quarterly Review. “Instead of moaning about the snows of yesteryear, just shout an unambiguous hurray. All four have survived, even triumphed. Honor them. Read them.” 

In a podcast to commemorate the twenty-fifth annual National Poetry Day in the U.K., poet laureate Simon Armitage critiques the corrupted language of politicians. “Language becomes a defense mechanism,” rather than a possibility for truth. (Guardian)

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, a bestselling feminist novel first published in 1972, has been reissued by Picador this week. In a conversation at the Cut, author Alix Kates Shulman reflects on the first reactions in the 70’s, as well as new resonances for present-day readers. 

The Rumpus talks with Marika Lindholm, founder of Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere, about her goals as coeditor of the anthology We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor. “As editors, we wanted to make sure the book spoke to not only different experiences, but also different identities.”

In the latest installment of the New York Times By the Book series, Lupita Nyong’o shares why Octavia Butler’s Dawn sold her on sci-fi

At the Guardian, John Burnside selects five poems for the last century, from Siegfried Sassoon’s “Everyone Sang” from 1919, to Joy Harjo’s “How to Write a Poem in a Time of War” from 2019.