Cynthia Nixon on playing Emily Dickinson; the Poetry Coalition; Jimmy Fallon donates $1 million to First Book; and other news.
The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.
In our special section on writing contests, we take a look at three literary organizations offering prizes that include more than just cash—including time and space to write, career development, and more.
National Book Foundation launches program for LGBTQ teens; Tournament of Books brackets posted; Robert Lowell’s complicated relationships with women; and other news.
Iran censors “wine” in books; National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize submissions now open; poet and Omnidawn Publishing cofounder Rusty Morrison talks about her work as an editor and poet; and other news.
BuzzFeed’s newly minted executive editor of culture discusses his new position at the media company, and his goals for the recently launched BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship.
Literary Arts executive director Andrew Proctor discusses the rebirth of Wordstock, and how the overhauled book festival will continue to highlight Portland, Oregon’s thriving literary scene.
Joshua Wolf Shenk, the new executive director of the Black Mountain Institute (BMI)—an international literary center that supports writers whose work addresses political and cultural issues—discusses BMI’s role in the culture of creative writing and what he plans to bring to the organization.