The Silencing of Kashmiri Poets, Sally Rooney Through the Years, and More

by Staff

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.

Sameer Yasir of the New York Times reports on the silencing of poets in Kashmir. “We are not allowed to breathe until and unless we breathe as per the rules and the wishes of the government,” says Kashmiri poet Zabirah.

The Irish Times has collated its coverage of Sally Rooney over the years. The acclaimed author first appeared in the newspaper at age nine in a photograph taken at an art exhibition. More recently the Times has published multiple pieces tied to her latest novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You. Rooney has also penned articles for the paper on several occasions.

Ahead of the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai of the New York Times consider how literature and the literary world shifted in the disaster’s wake. “Writers are still metabolizing 9/11 and its aftershocks; they’ll do so for decades. War and Peace wasn’t written until some fifty years after Russia was invaded by France,” writes Garner.

Sophia Stewart observes how book industry members are beginning to lean into the marketing potential of TikTok. “Young readers exist in droves and are hungry for titles that move them. It’s now up to publishers to get the right books into the right hands, booksellers to stock the right titles at the right time, and for everyone in the industry to get a bit more TikTok savvy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Vulnerability is hard for everyone to bear, and I think people are frightened.” Maggie Nelson talks to the Los Angeles Times about her latest book, On Freedom, and the psychic state of the world.

Carrie McBride of the New York Public Library recommends books that chart the course of famous friendships, including Yuval Taylor’s Zora and Langston and Kevin M. Schultz’s Buckley and Mailer.

“It’s reparations of all kinds and we need them immediately in our lives.” Ashley M. Jones discusses the title and scope of her latest collection, Reparations Now! (Rumpus)

Vulture surveys the literature that appears in The Chair, a popular new Netflix series in which Sandra Oh plays the chair of the English department at a distinguished college.