The End of African American Literature, Bibliotherapy for Couples, 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:

Does African American literature still exist? From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "Historically speaking, the collective enterprise we call African-American or black literature is of recent vintage—in fact, it's just a little more than a century old. Further, it has already come to an end. And the latter is a fact we should neither regret nor lament."

BBC2's The Culture Show in England asked a panel of authors and critics to read a bunch of first-time authors' books and determine who was the most promising writer. The result is the list of twelve new British novelists in today's Guardian.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, at least seven books have already been published about WikiLeaks.

The Poetry Foundation chatted with this Sunday's Oscar host James Franco about his upcoming biopic of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower.

The folks over at God Loves Poetry have created erasure poems out of the daily press releases and hate pamphlets handed out by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church at funerals and Justin Bieber concerts. "Art, humor and love are three of the most powerful tools used to combat hate." (MobyLives)

A nine-year-old girl protesting the impending closure of her local library in England has forced an apology from the country's libraries chief after he compared her protest to "tears shed by teenagers over the break-up of boyband Take That." Here are young Jessica Trueman's own words: "If libraries close, where can we go to get books? Not everyone can afford to go and buy them. No one is listening to children's views." (Guardian)

Could rekindling your love for books magically rekindle your relationship with your significant other? Rebecca Hardy reports on bibliotherapy for couples in the Independent.

As Good reports, this crazy winter has brought us to the limits of our existing snow vocabulary, forcing such innovations as "snowtastrophe," "snowmageddon," and "blizzaster."