Kwame Dawes has composed a poem for slain poet Kofi Awoonor; Jason Diamond looks at twenty cities that are great for writers; the Oxford American showcases great photographs taken by Eudora Welty; and other news.
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor was among the victims of the ongoing seige at a shopping mall in Kenya; this afternoon PEN American Center is hosting a live Google+ hangout with Sherman Alexie; Rebecca Mead discusses her new book My Life in Middlemarch; and other news.
Noah Berlatsky on the use and uselessness of poetry; the original manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise has been made publicly available online; Diane Mehta considers the work of French avant-garde poet Pierre Reverdy; and other news.
Author Jhumpa Lahiri dismisses the idea of immigrant fiction; Shaj Mathem visits Roberto Bolaño’s unpublished work; Sarah Marty-Schlipf teaches creative writing to women in jail; and other news.
Paul Muldoon’s eulogy for the late Seamus Heaney; Charles Bukowski’s 1968 FBI surveilance file; tips on interacting with magazine editors; and other news.
Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim discusses writing and Egypt; UVA English professor defends higher education; the feuds and influences that define V. S. Naipaul; and other news.
Author John Grisham looks inside the prison at Guantánamo Bay; Harvard professor Joseph L. Badaracco uses literature to teach business ethics; fourth; and other news.
Indian police arrested poet Kanwal Bharti after he criticized his government on Facebook; Rebecca Mead weighs in on the vitriolic response to Jane Austen on the ten-pound note; a film adaptation of Ann Leary’s The Good House is in the works with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in the lead roles; and other news.
The Wall Street Journal looks at the estate of William Faulkner; Anakana Schofield details the vagaries of publicizing a first novel; Pop Chart Lab created a poster of the chapter-by-chapter breakdown of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev is on a hunger strike in protest of his nation’s government; Lee Siegel considers the fate of humanities programs in America universities; Adjoa Andoh reads Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; and other news.