The Art of Annotation, New Owner at Blue Flower Arts, 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.

Ed Simon, editor-at-large for the Marginalia Review of Books, considers the history and creative act of annotation. “Such commentary is the cowriting of a new text, between the reader and the read, as much an act of composition as the initial one.” (Millions)

In a press release, Blue Flower Arts announced Anya Backlund as the new owner of the organization, a literary speakers agency that represents Chris Abani, Terrance Hayes, and Lidia Yuknavitch, among many others. Founder Alison Granucci will remain for a transition period and take on an advisory role.   

The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has been added to a national registry of literary landmarks, selected by a division of the American Library Association. While the Poe House has been a National Historic Landmark since 1971, it is the first site in Maryland to be inducted to the literary list. (Washington Post)

“There are people who can sit down and write whatever they want, but that is not me,” says Tom Lutz. “In each project I have landed somewhere that was not exactly my intention.” In an interview at the Chicago Review of Books, the fiction and nonfiction writer talks leaning into accidents and the unexpected

The Believer has released the longlists for its annual awards for “the best written and most underappreciated” fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of the year. 

Christopher Tolkien, the son of J. R. R. Tolkien, died on Wednesday at age ninety-five. As literary executor of his father’s estate, he helped compile and edit his father’s unpublished writing and records. (New York Times

Jennifer Soong discusses her recently released debut poetry collection, Near, At, as well as her new research project: an academic exploration of “poetic forgetting” that analyzes the works of Gertrude Stein and the New York School poets, among others. (futurefeed)

Paige Lewis talks to the Rumpus about love, identity, good fortune, and their debut poetry collection, Space Struck.