The Year’s Biggest Literary News, Teaching Poetry in the Time of Trump, 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:

From Elena Ferrante’s true identity to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win, the Washington Post recaps the biggest literary news of 2016.

U.S. author Derek Murphy invited ten authors from around the world to spend this year’s National Novel Writing Month in Château de Cadrès, a castle in southwest France. The writers represent eight different countries. (CNN)

An original copy of the first full-length audiobook ever made, a recording of Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella Typhoon, has been rediscovered in Canada. (Guardian)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux rounds up a post-election reading list to help readers “understand what happened, navigate the world ahead, and perhaps find comfort.”

Dubbed the “Windshield Poet,” a Colorado man has been leaving short poems on car windows. Alex Lewis started the Car Window Poetry project to demonstrate the positive impact of language—the “idea that words matter,” Lewis says, “and [that] they can encourage and inspire people.” (WAFB)

“Poetry is this space where every single particle of language is charged with the most meaning.” Ben Lerner discusses his career as a poet and his new book, No Art, out now from Granta, which collects his three previous volumes of poetry as well as newer poems. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, English professor Blaine Greteman discusses what it’s like to teach poetry in the age of Trump. “Poetry isn’t politics. But as my students helped remind me, it can be the fertile soil for our better selves.” (Slate)

“[Comics] is a medium that exists in the tension between images and text…. Comics. Say it.” Glen Weldon argues for the retirement of the term “graphic novel.” (NPR)