National Student Poet RC Davis reflects on his evolving poetic practice; Martha Cooley discusses using a lottery jackpot as a plot device; Alexandra Kleeman talks her preference for the speculative; and other stories.
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Rahul Raina discusses giving his debut “an Indian down-to-its-core sensibility”; Christopher Notarnicola uncovers writing that features rings in the Paris Review archives; London Book Fair hails second all-virtual program a success; and other stories.
Zan Romanoff recommends books to make sense of the fire crisis; California poets consider how poetry and poetry communities have transformed during the pandemic; Amanda Gorman’s debut poetry collection has a new title; and other stories.
The Margins debuts a collection of queer Taiwanese literature in translation; Jonathan Kozol revisits his letters from Eric Carle; Begoña M. Rueda shares a new window into the pandemic; and other stories.
Authors talk publishing during the pandemic; Kendra Allen discusses how music, family, and spirituality inform her writing; Juan Gabriel Vásquez reflects on rendering the volatility of Colombian reality in fiction; and other stories.
Jackie Ess talks character development; Chris Offutt discusses bringing Appalachia to life; Andrea Actis describes striving to tell “the whole truth”; and other stories.
Roxane Gay speculates on why online discourse feels increasingly volatile; Muriel Leung reflects on the themes at the heart of her latest book; Rachel Yoder discusses carving out a new model for motherhood; and other stories.
Entertainment Weekly reveals the cover of Ocean Vuong’s next book; bookstores and writers react to anti-LGBTQ legislation in Hungary; Ayden Leroux unpacks the pleasures of reading a book’s acknowledgments; and other stories.
Richard Mirabella reflects on balancing his writing and working lives; Rachel Yoder considers how writing has informed her relationship to chronic pain; Nicholas Wong writes about visual art that integrates text; and other stories.
Three academics examine the rise of book-to-television deals; up-and-coming literary publications center African writers and artists; Publishers Weekly reports on the gradual return of in-person literary events; and other stories.
Charlotte Abotsi and Sarah Kay cocurate new season of Ours Poetica; Disability Futures Festival takes place next week; Jasmine Guillory reasserts the pleasure of writing; and other stories.
Literary award announcements from Australia and Japan; Courtney Cook discusses writing with vulnerability and intimacy; Cafe con Libros operates with a community-first mindset; and other stories.
London bookstore and publisher damaged during flash flooding; Pik-Shuen Fung describes coming to writing via visual art; Matt Bell recommends speculative fiction that addresses the climate crisis; and other stories.
Tahmima Anam writes about using an alter ego to set her writing free; Anna Russell visits an exhibition on the cultural influence of Lewis Caroll’s Alice books; author Melissa Febos writes about falling in love with poet Donika Kelly; and other stories.
Duke University and Duke University Press Workers Union dispute election integrity; the unique strengths of the Icelandic literary community; C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold to be adapted for television; and other stories.
Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman discuss cowriting their debut novel; Lucy Ives recommends embracing that writing is a struggle; Paul Mendez celebrates Black British queer fiction; and other stories.
Molly Fischer surveys the world of e-mail newsletters; Sara Nović’s True Biz to be adapted for the screen; Lydia Millet chafes at the label “climate fiction”; and other stories.
Scott Borchert lauds proposed legislation for a new Federal Writers’ Project; Shelf Awareness publishes dedicated issue on the Book Industry Charitable Foundation; Sophie Stein recommends books with daring points of view; and other stories.
Brenda Myers-Powell reflects on reengaging with traumatic memories; Musa Okwonga discusses his use of magical realism; novelist Juhea Kim writes about the environmental consequences of demand for salmon; and other stories.
Mahogany L. Browne to serve as poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center; ten writers receive Kresge Artist Fellowships; Lyndsie Manusos recommends tracing the publication history of short stories; and other stories.
Treviene A. Harris and Nozomi (Nakaganeku) Saito envision modes of care grounded in community; Catapult column makes space for first-person narratives from Myanmar; Anjali Enjeti discusses her path to both literature and activism; and other stories.
Mieko Kawakami shares her ambitions as a writer; 13A imprint champions Black voices in culture and politics; Kerstin Hall discusses worldbuilding; and other stories.
Scholar and theorist Lauren Berlant has died; Freesia McKee praises the poet Ai’s straightforward lineation; Elisa Taber discusses translating a trilingual chapbook; and other stories.
Abigail Bergstrom founds literary agency and publishing consultancy; Jonathan Parks-Ramage discusses how victims of sexual assault are held to “an impossibly high standard”; Angela Rose Brussel reflects on last year’s Occupy City Hall demonstration in New York City; and other stories.
The National Endowment for the Arts opens applications for grants to arts organizations hit hard by the pandemic; Semaj Brown, poet laureate of Flint, brings poetry to the city; indie booksellers recommend summer reading; and other stories.