The Poetry Project at Fifty, New York Times’ New Book Advice Column, 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 and editor Kathleen Rooney writes about the endurance of the Poetry Project, the New York City–based community space that has served as a hub for contemporary poetry since 1966, and considers a new anthology of interviews with artists and writers who have “convened and collaborated in this legendary spot.” Edited by poet Anselm Berrigan, What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews From the Poetry Project Newsletter (1983–2009), is out now from Wave Books. (Poetry Foundation)

Writer and book critic Nicole Lamy helps readers discover new books in the first installment of the New York Times’ new book advice column, Match Book.

A new “intersectional, multicultural” bookstore is coming to Washington, D.C. Bookseller Angela Maria Spring plans to build the Duende District Bookstore, an “authentic general bookstore space built from the ground up by bookstore professionals who are people of color—but where all people are genuinely welcome.” (Shelf Awareness)

The American Library Association has released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, which includes a Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books.

Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly released its annual report of the fastest-growing independent publishers. Topping the 2017 list is the Barrington, Illinois–based Cottage Door Press, followed by Berkeley, California–based Callisto Media, and New York City–based Europa Editions.

On April 25 and April 26, fifty-three U.S. students will compete in the finals of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud competition. The annual poetry recitation contest awards a grand prize of $20,000 to a high school student, as well as money for their school to purchase books.

BookRiot features photos of some of the most unique Little Free Libraries across the country, along with links to their locations.

This week, Words Without Borders is publishing a series of interviews with several writers and translators nominated for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.