The Play Between Poetry and Basketball, Voices of the “Poetry Boom,” 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.

Poet Mikko Harvey and Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell see parallels in their crafts. “Rooting for D’Angelo seems like a vote for art and a vote for imagination and a vote for whimsy,” says Harvey. (New York Times)

“From modernism to the metaphysicals, there is no form of poetry yet that hasn’t produced great art; it’s hard to imagine Instapoetry won’t, too.” Sarah Crown surveys the shifting landscape of the “poetry boom,” and the question of “proper poetry.” (Guardian)

A work by New York–based artist Ben Denzer has readers asking questions about “shelf life.” Denzer’s book 20 Slices is made out of twenty plastic-wrapped Kraft singles. (Atlas Obscura)

Vulture rounds up the small-screen book adaptations of 2019, including Hulu’s take on Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. The series, which premieres on May 17, will star George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Kyle Chandler.

“I thought I was writing fiction with a mystery framework until my editor very gently sat me down and explained the difference in sales between a debut literary fiction and a mystery.” At the Guardian, Tana French talks about the new direction of her seventh novel, psychological thriller The Wych Elm.

Over at the Rumpus, Valeria Luiselli discusses the “documentary fiction” of her novel Lost Children Archive. “The question that beats in the center of the novel is about storytelling, about how to tell the story of ‘now,’ whatever that story is, and make sense, through that narrative, of the world—a very confusing and painful world.”

Listen to Luiselli read from Lost Children Archive, and read more about the novel in “Angles of Experience: An Interview With Valeria Luiselli,” featured in the latest issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

“I want those who are wronged to get theirs. For me, this starts with academia, the art world, literary world, music, and so on. We do have to be intentional.” Sophia Shalmiyev on assemblage, abandonment, an “army of feminists,” and her new memoir, Mother Winter. (BOMB)