“Diverse” books are more likely to be banned; the legacy of Henry James; Maggie Nelson on how poetry informs her nonfiction; and other news.
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Earnest versus cool prose; how poetry defamiliarizes experience; Adonis on poetry as salvation; and other news.
New Yorker profiles Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden; a reflection on Langston Hughes’s “I, Too”; Emma Donoghue on Emily Dickinson; and other news.
Louise Glück and James McBride receive National Humanities Medals; poet Elizabeth Alexander on the Museum of African American History and Culture; Carla Hayden sworn in as fourteenth librarian of congress; and other news.
On misattributing phrases to Shakespeare; poets Wendy Xu and Anaïs Duplan on constructing narratives; a professional book critic’s love of Amazon reviews; and other news.
Frank Ocean’s literary aesthetic; beautiful libraries around the world; books in translation by women; and other news.
Poet Yona Harvey on writing for Marvel Comics; publishers react to recent firing of Barnes & Noble CEO; fiction writer Leopoldine Core on voyeurism and obsession; and other news.
Upon the release of Another Brooklyn, her first novel for adults in twenty years, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson discusses New York City’s literary legacy, the strength in being a person of color, putting humanity on the page, living in the age of Beyoncé, and happiness
At the University of Pittsburgh, poets Dawn Lundy Martin, Terrance Hayes, and Yona Harvey recently established the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics—a creative think tank dedicated to studying, archiving, and promoting the work of African American poets.
Tracy Sherrod, current editorial director of Amistad Press, discusses how the publisher of multicultural voices has changed over its thirty-year history, as well as the challenges it faces today.