Transgender Writer TT Jax's Struggle for Survival, Eudora Welty's Rejection, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Today is NaNoPrep Day, and in anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, GalleyCat has tips on how to get ready.

The founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, announced that he and his wife intend to build and furnish one hundred homes in New Orleans. (Times-Picayune)

"But the acute poetry, balanced sonorities, heavy order, and direct intimacy of Cranmer’s prose have achieved permanence, and many of his phrases and sentences are as famous as lines from Shakespeare or the King James Bible." James Wood looks at the Book of Common Prayer, now in its three hundred and fiftieth year. (New Yorker)

The editors of the Huffington Post list their favorite books of 2012, including Megan Mayhew Bergman's Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

"I can also draw like Mr. Thurber, in case he goes off the deep end. I have studied flower painting." Letters of Note features young Eudora Welty's attempt at landing a job at the New Yorker—although she later wrote for the magazine and would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Optimist's Daughter, in 1933 she was turned down.

In a personal essay for the Rumpus, transgender and homeless writer TT Jax details his family's struggle for survival.

"The only nice poets I’ve ever met were bad poets and a bad poet is not a poet at all—ergo I’ve never met a nice poet." The Paris Review Daily showcases actor Richard Burton's thoughts on the poets of his acquaintance, in particular, W. H. Auden.