Writers United Against Hate, Lambda Literary Special Honors, 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.

More than one hundred writers have signed a statement to express solidarity “with all those targeted by hate during COVID-19.” Noting the particular rise in anti-Asian violence, the signatories invite the public to join PEN America and the Asian American Writers Workshop for a day of action dubbed United Against Hate: A Day of Solidarity. Kicking off at noon today, the two organizations are hosting a series of virtual events to condemn hate and to celebrate Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander voices.  

Lambda Literary has announced that Jericho Brown is the recipient of its 2020 Trustee Award. The annual prize is given “to an extraordinary individual who has broken new ground in the field of LGBTQ literature and culture.” The foundation also announced Jane Wagner as the recipient of its 2020 Visionary Award, and Brian Lam as the recipient of its 2020 Publishing Professional Award. 

The Amazon Literary Partnership has announced its 2020 grant recipients, disbursing more than $1 million in funding between sixty-six organizations. Since its founding in 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded over $13 million to literary groups across the country. (Business Wire)

In addition to its direct grants, the Amazon Literary Partnership cosponsors a poetry fund with the Academy of American Poets and a literary magazine fund with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, both of which announced their 2020 grant recipients today. 

“There was/is nothing redeeming about death in my work.” In conversation with Chen Chen, Victoria Chang discusses her latest poetry collection, Obit, and creating space for uglier emotions. (Electric Literature)

“You need to ask, is this how I really felt, is this how I really and truly conceive of myself?” Meredith Talusan discusses her memoir, Fairest, and seeking the specific language for her experience. (Paris Review Daily)

Due to the success of #TolstoyTogether, a virtual book club hosted by Yiyun Li, A Public Space has announced a new series of virtual book clubs: #APStogether. Writer hosts will include Garth Greenwell, Elizabeth McCracken, Claire Messud, and others.  

Vulture highlights twenty-nine new and forthcoming books to pass the summer months. 

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to Janklow & Nesbit Associates for its active Instagram Live programming. Three different events are on the schedule tonight.