Tommy Pico on Not Wasting Time, Siri Hustvedt Wins Princess of Asturias Prize, and More

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5.24.19

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.

“I’m not gonna spend three years in between publishing a book, because I don’t know if I’m gonna be alive at the end of those three years. That is real talk.” Tommy Pico on shaking off impostor syndrome, moving from poetry to screenwriting, and not having any time to waste. (Creative Independent)

In Spain, U.S. poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer Siri Hustvedt has won the Princess of Asturias prize for literature. The €50,000 (approximately $55,779) award for literature is one of eight annual prizes bestowed by a foundation named for Spain’s Princess Leonor. (Local)

Vulture recommends twelve upcoming releases to read this summer, including Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel, Patsy, and poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, both publishing next month.

Judith Kerr, the U.K. author and illustrator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and other beloved children’s books, has died at the age of ninety-five. First published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has not been out of print since. (TIME)

With her erotically suggestive verse and her death by poison, Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L. to her readers) might seem to personify the nineteenth-century “poetess” trope, but some modern scholars think this persona was as canny as Landon’s poetry was popular. (JSTOR Daily)

First popularized by the radio plays of the 1930s, the audio drama has made a sweeping comeback in the form of the fiction podcast. The Washington Post rounds up six new storytelling series, including The Horror of Dolores Roach, adapted from Aaron Mark’s play Empanada Loca, and Fruit, Issa Rae’s tale of a football player navigating his sexuality.

At the Paris Review, Amy Irvine talks to Leslie Jamison about her new book, Desert Cabal, in which she explores how the canon of nature writing often omits human characters and conflicts. “When I retreat into solitude, I am likely running away from something or someone—and in this dark new era of intolerance, that feels like both a pathos and luxury that I, we, cannot afford.”

“After spending time with someone’s work, and even when I know the work isn’t for us, I almost immediately have at least some sort of thought about what can be done to move it forward.” New Mexico writer Trevor Ketner has founded a poetry press, Skull + Wind, with a mission to reject rejection. (Luna Luna)