Three Poets Win $40,000 Grants, Literary Events of 2018, 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:

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has awarded poets Lisa Robertson, Anne Boyer, and Fred Moten grants of $40,000. Robertson won the inaugural C. D. Wright Award for Poetry, which was announced last month.

The New York Times has released a calendar of “must-know literary events in 2018,” including book releases, festivals, and author birthdays.

Mystery writer Sue Grafton died last week from cancer at age seventy-seven. Grafton was known for her crime novels with titles inspired by the alphabet, such as A Is for Alibi and Y Is for Yesterday. (CNN)

From How to Win Friends and Influence People to A Room of One’s Own, Robert McCrum concludes his two-year long effort to select the hundred best nonfiction books of all time. (Guardian)

David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, has launched a book club in honor of his father, who was a prolific reader. The first book the club will read is Peter Ackroyd’s 1985 novel, Hawskmoor. (Verge)

Is one of your 2018 resolutions to read more books? The Los Angeles Times offers strategies to keep you on track.

Paper Darts rounds up the best book covers of 2017, from Na Kim’s “grown-up yet hip” covers and Ben Denzer’s use of millennial purple to Oliver Munday’s “daring sense of color.”

At the Atlantic, Hanif Abdurraqib considers the work of poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, who shares her poetry via social media and successfully “uses a platform without bowing to it.”