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Long Soldier talks to recent Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry winner, Joy Harjo, about how to be fearless, and “the journey toward poetry that we’re all on, together.”
“This hour/ not reserved for you: who/ are you to enter it?” asks Doty, in a new poem for Poets.org.
In the Los Angeles Times, Freeman praises Long Soldier’s repetition and lyricism in her collection Whereas, and invites readers to “scratch themselves raw” reading her poems about Native American history.
Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 is nominated for Best Play. The play, a continuation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, was also nominated in several other categories, including Best Costume Design and Best Lighting. All four of the play’s actors were nominated for Tony Awards.
Open Letters Monthly reflects on Batuman’s The Idiot and Dostoevsky’s book of the same name, exploring the themes of reality and tragedy in both works.
Poetry Foundation features an excerpt from a new poem by Williams, “Interruptive,” in which the poet laments, “What do I know of occupation/ but my own colonized thinking to shake/ free from.”
Vuong talks about why a poetic outlook is vital even to non-writers, and why he believes “to be a writer is to basically confront and embody failure.”
Long Soldier discusses her personal method of using poetry as protest, and why Native writers – including fellow Whiting winner Sherwin Bitsui – are the artists who most inspire her.
Presented by Commonwealth Society, the awards “strive to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature.” Kearney is a finalist in poetry, for his collection Buck Studies.
Brown discusses how poets can change the world and how to begin the process of “asking the poem what it wants to be.”
The University of Arizona highlights Whiting winners Muñoz and Grise’s upcoming work, a dramatic adaptation of the novel Their Dogs Came with Them, which seeks to explore displacement in the Latinx community.
Bookforum explores the role of the university in Batuman’s novel The Idiot, writing, “For Batuman, the university offers the writer not a retreat, but rather encounter, exposure, and the opportunity to travel the globe.”
The New York Times recaps a Symphony Space panel on Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son with writers Jenny Offill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Whiting winners Victor LaValle and Michael Cunningham. The four discusses the uniqueness of Johnson’s work and why, as Cunningham says, “so many people want to write this book over again.”
The art magazine praises Long Soldier’s use of language, writing that, in her collection, language becomes "material, as living as grass.”
The $10,000 prize, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, honors “a young writer of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or poetry.”
In her Paris Review column on animals, Passarello profiles a creature with orange teeth and a talent for family planning.
Hutchinson talks to fellow writer Teju Cole about why God is the strongest influence on his work and why writing poetry is “attempting to do the work of immortality.”
The finalists, presented by Publishing Triangle, represent “the very best in LGBT writing for calendar year 2016.” Williams is nominated for his collection Thief in the Interior.
Publications & Productions
Sayrafiezadeh's play, starring a character named Saïd, explores growing up Iranian and Jewish-American during the Iran hostage crisis. As he and his well-meaning collaborators try to stage his script, things go quickly and hilariously from bad to worse, leading Saïd to wonder if he will ever be able to fit in.
In this collection, poems selected from Cox's thirty-year career converse with each other across books and across time. They explore essential connections--one's relationship to poetic tradition, the reader, the natural world, other lives, language itself.
Set in Bolton, in the near future, Winter Hill centers on a group of eight local women as they deal with the ramifications of land on nearby Winter Hill being sold to developers to create a luxurious skyscraper hotel. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play explores how a group of seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect their local community, no matter the cost.
Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth, each of the essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. "This book will leave little doubt that Passarello is one our country’s most gifted young prose writers," writes Héctor Tobar.
Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in Los Angeles and details Jazz musicians and artist invention. Bookforum calls the Jazz novel's lyricism "exquisite."
WHEREAS confronts the language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribe. Booklist writes that the collection is “searingly intelligent, masterfully crafted, and unarguably important."
Vang is based on Swander's research into recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Through interviews and photographs, Swander has created a play about the struggles, survival skills, and connection to the land of Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch immigrants.
Buck Studies explores an intersection of Greek and black stories through forms like gangsta rap and the murder ballad. "Kearney is at the other end of the century, using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place," writes The Los Angeles Times.