Tree Swenson Resigns From Hugo House, Clients Call Out Literary Agent for Unethical Conduct, 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.

Tree Swenson has resigned as executive director of Hugo House. A group of writers had called for her resignation earlier this month, as part of a broader push for transparency and racial equity at the nonprofit. “We had been trying to work with the board for seven months prior to this on a set of transformative changes and switched to call for Tree’s resignation only when it became clear she was an obstacle,” says Shankar Narayan, who is a Hugo House teacher. (Seattle Times)

Several writers, including two anonymous posters on QueryTracker, have accused literary agent Brooks Sherman of unethical conduct. He has recently lost a number of his clients, including Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give. Publishers Weekly reports Sherman has resigned from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, though the company says his departure had been in the works for several weeks and is “unrelated to any of the recent developments.”

The asking price for John Steinbeck’s former residence in Sag Harbor, New York, is $17.9 million. The nearly two-acre property includes a one-story cottage, guest cottage, outdoor pool, and writing studio. (New York Times)   

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, is planning to spend an estimated $2 million on its latest round of renovations. The museum will consult with experts to restore the property to how it would have appeared to the poet herself. (Berkshire Eagle)

Tomorrow will mark the bicentenary of the death of English poet John Keats. The Guardian highlights the various efforts to honor his legacy.

“What compels us to jot down poetry and poetic thoughts in our Notes app, of all places?” Amelia Tait writes about how smartphones have become the new poet’s notebook. (Refinery29)

Julie R. Enszer recommends six poetry books written by queer women, including Indigo by Ellen Bass and Wound From the Mouth of a Wound by torrin a. greathouse. (Lambda Literary Review)