Where Black Literature Is for Keeps, Neil Gaiman’s Writing Rules, 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.

At Atlanta bookstore For Keeps, not all the carefully collected titles are for sale. “The reason I’m not selling them is because I want people to have as many interactions with them as they can,” explained Rosa Duffy, who opened the Black literature store last November. (New York Times)

“Remember: When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” At the Guardian, author Neil Gaiman answers readers’ questions.

She dropped out of college sophomore year to live with J. D. Salinger. Since then she’s published more than fifteen books, married twice, and raised three children. Now, over four decades later, Joyce Maynard is back at Yale. (New Yorker)

New Hampshire’s Higher Education Commission has approved a new university: Signum, an online school focused on science fiction and fantasy literature. (U.S. News)

In Love Poems (for Married People), John Kenney waxes romantic about the soft glow of the smartphone and the sweet caress of sweatpants. (NPR)

The University of North Texas has awarded its 2019 Rilke Prize to David Keplinger for his poetry collection Another City. The prize, which recognizes a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet, is accompanied by a $10,000 purse.

Favorite titles in pride of place, alphabetized by publisher, or a big messy pile? Five book-lovers share their shelving systems. (A.V. Club)

At BOMB, Chloe Aridjis talks about the mechanics of disenchantment in her novel Sea Monsters.