Oprah’s Book Club to read American Dirt; Jennifer Mills on writing for climate justice; Namwali Serpell offers a window into her research archive; and other stories.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Celina Su reflects on growing up between languages; Literary Hub anticipates 2020 literary events and milestones; Jeff Zentner discusses becoming a young adult novelist; and other stories.
Jonathan Creasy remembers the legacy of the Black Mountain Poets; Emily Cooke reflects on a transformative writers’ retreat; Meng Jin discusses the evolution of her debut novel; and other stories.
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum named literary landmark; Tom Lutz discusses the unexpected turns of writing; the Believer releases longlists for its annual awards; and other stories.
NEA announces 2020 literature and translation fellowships; Barack Obama’s list of favorite books boosts Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing; Tracie D. Hall set to lead the American Library Association; and other stories.
Steve Rubin to leave Henry Holt; Svetlana Alexievich to launch press dedicated to women writers; a new fiction program begins at the Atlantic; and other stories.
Joy Harjo talks building a future; Allison Hill prepares to lead the American Booksellers Association; Literary Hub previews 282 books coming out in 2020; and other stories.
Noname talks community engagement via books; Emma Copley Eisenberg on the importance of rigor; Electric Literature recommends collections by Latinx poets; and other stories.
Cameron Dezen Hammon discusses her evolving pursuit of faith; Jia Tolentino remembers Elizabeth Wurtzel; Samuel R. Delany talks Facebook writing; and other stories.
Myla Goldberg discusses her ever-evolving creative life; Jamie Beth Cohen on writing adolescence; Anna Wiener talks all things Silicon Valley; and other stories.
Writer Elizabeth Wurtzel has died; David Shariatmadari considers the limits of language stigma; Caroline Zancan shares a campus novel reading list; and other stories.
Miranda Popkey talks unconventional structure; Benjamin Nugent reflects on interviewing George Saunders; James Arthur on writing both the good and bad of humanity; and other stories.
Vigdis Hjorth advocates for the sanctity of autofiction; Marcelo Hernandez Castillo on the urgency of writing in the political present; how Greta Gerwig made Little Women sing in the twenty-first century; and other stories.
How podcasts can be instructive for writing; Nicholas Mancusi talks aging parents and philosophy; Robert Hass shares his current reading list; and other stories.
Jami Attenberg talks experimenting with form; 2020 books by women and nonbinary writers of color; how drone music can be a model for writing poetry; and other stories.
Kiley Reid talks issues of class and race in her debut, Such a Fun Age; Hua Hsu revisits the history of Asian American letters; Ron Charles notes eleven trends that shaped the decade in publishing; and other stories.
Raymond Antrobus talks finding his voice through poetry; Jaime Fuller revisits A Lost Lady by Willa Cather; literary agent Eric Smith looks forward to more genre-bending work; and other stories.
Remembering publisher-turned-writer Diana Athill; Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Tommy Pico in conversation; an overlooked Uruguayan writer; and other stories.
Carmen Maria Machado on when truth is stranger than fiction; Tiffany Midge discusses the power of humor; six writers that predicted the future; and other stories.
Jeff VanderMeer on pushing the boundaries of narration; revisiting the Lambda Literary Award–winners of 2019; the book review that changed everything for Jack Kerouac; and other stories.
Female friendship in the work of Elena Ferrante; Amanda Michalopoulou on imagining the perspective of God’s wife; Elisa Gabbert considers the negative connotation of the word “sentimental”; and other stories.
The intrigue of Emily Dickinson; Electric Literature recommends poetry collections from 2019; Oliver de la Paz considers the ethics of writing about his family; and other stories.
Martin Jude Farawell considers poetry “the process of questioning itself”; the year’s best nonfiction according to Entropy; Virginia Woolf’s relationship with her mother; and other stories.
Deborah Levy on how projects begin; the New Yorker highlights Tamil writer Perumal Murugan; Chigozie Obioma talks finding the right narrator; and other stories.
Neil Gaiman helps launch the UNHCR’s Winter Emergency Appeal; Malcom Tariq discusses the origins of Heed the Hollow; Electric Literature picks the best story collections of 2019; and other stories.