Writing Outside of New York City, Los Angeles Literary Organizations Seek Government Aid, and More

by Staff
5.14.20

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.

“It is a truth widely acknowledged that every man or woman with literary aspirations must be in search of a route to New York.” At the Guardian, Rafia Zakaria critiques the insularity of the literary community and imagines how the pandemic might transform the geography of publishing

A coalition of organizations has sent an open letter to the mayor of Los Angeles to request more comprehensive emergency relief for writers and literary businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. (PEN America)

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Carolyn Reidy at Publishers Weekly. Reidy, the president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, died on Tuesday. 

Myriam Gurba disagrees with those who say “California belongs to Joan Didion,” and calls attention to the writers of color effaced by such a claim. (Electric Literature)

The Economist highlights several nurses who are publishing books. “Ever-present yet easily overlooked, nurses with literary gifts may have a special ability to carry the agonies, the ecstasies and the absurdities of health care safely from ward to shelf.”

The New York Times interviews four writers with books coming out this summer: Brit Bennett, Megha Majumdar, Roddy Doyle, and Marie-Helene Bertino. 

Stylist recommends 107 women writers through the ages, from Aphra Behn to Toni Morrison. 

Netflix has announced plans to adapt Elena Ferrante’s forthcoming novel, The Lying Life of Adults. (Vulture

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to 100 Words of Solitude, a new literary project that sets out “to capture and record human responses to enforced or self-imposed isolation.” Writers are invited to submit literary responses to the pandemic that are exactly one hundred words long. Recent contributors include writers from India, Portugal, and New Zealand.