The voluminous output and wounded pyschodrama of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn; Poetry Foundation launches video series; libraries versus Macmillan; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Why one of Australia’s most celebrated writers can’t come onshore; Mona Awad on the Gothic horror of MFA programs; the problem with remembering authors with their most famous quotes; and other news.
Susan Kamil has died; Jonathan Franzen essay on climate change sparks online ire; how a poem published in a biker magazine may solve a decades-old murder; and other news.
A spy saga involving Doctor Zhivago and the CIA; the creative habits of Colson Whitehead, Jia Tolentino, and other busy writers; Major Jackson on editing this year’s Best American Poetry anthology; and other news.
Poetry of protest in Hong Kong; Charles Johnson remembers Paule Marshall; Tash Aw chats with Chia-Chia Lin, and other news.
Watermarks, embargoes, and very strict couriers almost succeed in keeping The Testaments a secret; the “Emily Doe” of a Stanford University sexual assault case shares her name and story in a new book; Sarah M. Broom on writing the autobiography of a house; and other news.
Nick Flynn on choosing not to write; Malcolm Gladwell on a professional tipping point; the celebrity book clubs boosting authors’ sales; and other news.
What it’s like to (almost) write Prince’s autobiography; the poet laureate of Waffle House; Renato Rosaldo on the Chasers of Tuscon; and other news.
How to prepare for the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale; Jericho Brown on poetry in Atlanta; Carmen Maria Machado on the real-life tragedy behind the story of Beth in Little Women; and other news.
Jhumpa Lahiri to direct Princeton’s creative writing program; the teenage champion of #1000BlackGirlBooks; recipes for a healthier creative life; and other news.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar on putting together a short story collection; Jia Tolentino on the wild overconfidence of writers; Etgar Keret on the trust exercise of fiction; and other news.
Bronze statue of Cheryl Strayed unveiled; the two sides of rejection in the publishing world; Mary-Kay Wilmers on the language of book reviews; and other news.
Why books still have a place in our lives; Diamond Stingily on creating your own community; writing about Black Lives Matter in 2019; and more.
The “great book scare” of the late nineteenth century; Téa Obreht on researching her new novel, Inland; Helen Fielding’s home for rent; and other news.
Tips from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book curator; Jess Row and Timothy Yu on writing about race; Ben Fama on art and belonging; and other news.
Cornell College in Iowa launches low-residency MFA program; Petina Gappah on the novel she’s been writing for twenty-one years; Laura van den Berg and Helen Phillips in conversation; and other news.
NPR releases list of readers’ hundred favorite funny books; the Paris Review’s mistranslated book titles contest; movie about Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West to be released this Friday; and other news.
Edwidge Danticat remembers the ancestral lessons of Paule Marshall and Toni Morrison; poet Shane McCrae on dreams and poetic modes; a closer look at fake and doctored Orwell novels sold on Amazon; and other news.
Patricia Lockwood on her cats; Mary Norris on the “long hot summer of grammar”; CLMP to honor Kima Jones and Will Evans; and other news.
Gabriel García Márquez’s “cocktail stories”; author and book critic Marie Arana shares her favorite books; Deborah Landau on gun control; and other news.
How much money the library saves you; the National Endowment for the Humanities announces $29 million in grants; Trisha Low on artistic stakes; and other news.
The story behind John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath; Justin Phillip Reed on the sonnet; the success of two Boston writing groups; and other news.
Dozens arrested for protesting Amazon’s involvement with ICE; a virtual tour of Jane Austen’s library; the resurgence of books featuring witchcraft; and other news.
The immersive aesthetic of Samuel R. Delany; Kimberly King Parsons on the fascination of the body; Poetry Foundation announces video series; and other news.
Timothy Yu on the notion of a “disappearing” white poet; Barnes & Noble sale complete; students, staff, readers, and writers remember Toni Morrison; and other news.