Tracy K. Smith’s Poetry Cure, AWP Appoints Interim Executive Director, 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:

“More than anything now, I’m looking for the kind of silence that yields clarity. I’m interested in the way our voices sound when we dip below the decibel level of politics.” United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith discusses poetry’s meditative power to heal, humanize, and understand one another. Smith’s new collection, Wade in the Water, is out now from Graywolf Press. (New York Times Magazine)

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) board of trustees has announced that Chloe Schwenke will serve as interim executive director of the organization. The announcement follows the March 11 dismissal of long-time executive director David Fenza without explanation.

For National Library Week, Stuart Kells celebrates “the magical, fractal, visceral encounters” with physical libraries. (Paris Review)

At Artsy, Alina Cohen considers the ongoing influence of Frank O’Hara, “the art world’s favorite poet.”

Signature Reads features a list of new books from former Pulitzer Prize winners, including Gregory Pardlo’s memoir, Air Traffic, Richard Russo’s story collection Trajectory, and Jennifer Egan’s novel Manhattan Beach.

“When the world of your novel has some social commentary attached to it, you want it to be true and rigorous. But just as important is that the characters are really deeply explored.” Meg Wolitzer discusses her timely new novel, The Female Persuasion, published last week by Riverhead Books. (Huffington Post)

A new Spanish-language online bookstore, Libros in Español, will launch in the United States this Sunday. Beginning this fall, Libros in Español will also serve as a literary agent for U.S.–based Latinx authors of Spanish-language books. (Publishers Weekly)