With a new book of nonfiction, Bunk, a new job as director of a leading research center on black culture, and a new role as poetry editor of the New Yorker, Kevin Young is fully engaged in a personal program of moving multitudes.
From the Magazine
A new documentary explores the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry; PEN pulls YA novelist’s nomination for literary award; Tom Clancy’s widow sues estate over rights to Jack Ryan character; and other news.
A writer and publishing professional reflects on her decision to leave an MFA program, and how academic and workshop language can be used to reify the invisible structures that suppress marginalized communities.
A close look at the letter recommending Gwendolyn Brooks as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1950 reveals more than just the reigning aesthetics of that time.
The new executive director of the Cave Canem Foundation talks about her history with the organization, her vision for the future, and the role of poetry in a hostile political climate.
Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel; new Philip Levine poetry books; a survey of Great American Novels; and other news.
The birth of African American literature; handwritten book by J. K. Rowling sells at auction for £370,000; Oprah’s new imprint; and other news.
A composer and writer discusses the inspiration behind his play Emmett Till a river, which employs the Japanese theater form Noh, and the ways in which artistic practice can succeed through failure.
Zadie Smith’s new novel to be adapted for television; an interview with poet Jericho Brown; fiction writer Garth Greenwell on James Baldwin’s influence; and other news.
Excerpts from Bad Sex in Fiction award contenders; biography in the age of Twitter; 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel that may have predicted the 2016 election; and other news.