Write A House Program Accepting Applications, Book Vending Machines, 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:

Write A House, a new writers residency program in Detroit that gives emerging writers the deed to a house in exchange for renovation work, is accepting applications for its first residency until June 21. (Christian Science Monitor)  

Amazon has launched Short Reads, a new selection of fiction and nonfiction e-singles that are organized by the approximate length of time it would take to read them—from fifteen minutes to two hours. (Thin Reads)

Barron’s examines a few ways Barnes & Noble could become more profitable for investors, including breaking the company into three smaller retailers.

Several classic works by American authors have been removed from British school curricula after Michael Gove, the education secretary of the United Kingdom, called for more works by British authors to be added to English literature syllabi. (BBC News)

London-based Australian poet and journalist Clive James has turned to his poetry in an effort to come to terms with the terminal illness that will prevent him from returning to his native country. (Independent)

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s latest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, is being sold in translation in various cities throughout Poland via vending machines in train stations. (GalleyCat)

Coinciding with the celebration of Memorial Day, the Los Angeles Times considers the variety of new fiction by military veterans.

The New York Times recounts the founding of the Dark Room Collective, a literary salon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that helped launch the careers of Major Jackson, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, and other prominent African American poets.