Triangle Award Winners, Sewanee School of Letters Appoints Justin Taylor as Director, and More

by Staff
5.1.20

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.

The winners of the thirty-second annual Triangle Awards, which honor LGBTQ literature in seven categories, were announced yesterday. Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous won the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction, and Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments and Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House tied for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. 

The Sewanee School of Letters has announced that Justin Taylor will serve as its next director. Taylor is the author of several works of fiction, including The Gospel of Anarchy. He has also taught at various programs across the United States, most recently in the University of Montana MFA program. “I hope to build on the School’s record of success, find new ways to recruit and support students, and also to support the work of my counterparts at the Review and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference,” said Taylor.  

Mark Nowak, the founder of the Worker Writers School, finds inspiration in Celes Tisdale and Joseph Bruchac and their work facilitating poetry workshops for incarcerated writers. “In these historical workshops and anthologies, we have discovered ways to create innovative spaces where writing poetry in community with other workers becomes a new form of solidarity—and a new form of insurgency, too.” (Boston Review)

Several literary organizations and publications, including Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the Independent Book Publishers Association, have joined forces to organize the #ReadIndie campaign. The organizers are inviting the public to take to social media on May 4 at 12:30 PM EDT to flood their timelines with the hashtag and campaign graphics. (Publishers Weekly)

The Los Angeles Times reports on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected residents at the Fine Arts Work Center and the MacDowell Colony, and the long-term risks for these celebrated literary institutions. 

Tomasz Jedrowski writes about returning to Poland in order to write his debut novel, Swimming in the Dark. “A small part of me still believed that Poland wouldn’t want me or my story about two young men falling in love under Communism.” (Literary Hub)

Emma Straub, the novelist and co-owner of Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, New York, discusses her latest book, All Adults Here, and shares tips for how to support independent bookstores during the pandemic. (Millions)

Keziah Weir remarks, “Poems are shooting up like roadside daffodils.” She considers why poetry appears to be especially popular during the pandemic. (Vanity Fair)

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to Publishers Weekly for its #PWPoemPodium to celebrate National Poetry Month. Over the course of April, the organization invited poets who published books in April to share readings of their work on Instagram.