Authors on the life-changing impact of the NEA, a new prize for women in translation, and more

March 24, 2017
by WLT

Stuttgart Library

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

These 14 authors who have received NEA grants share the life-changing impact of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The UK has a new prize for women in translation called the Warwick Prize. English PEN’s Maureen Freely shares on how it’s markedly more difficult for women to make it into English translation.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the guest editor for WLT’s upcoming May issue, has been selected as the 2017–2018 Oklahoma state poet laureate. 

This month, the Poetry Coalition is launching its inaugural effort in providing programs and projects on the theme of migration with its project Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration

Derek Walcott passed away last week at the age of 87. Walcott was a 1978 Neustadt juror and a poet who fused his classical education with the language and history of the Caribbean. 

Recent WLT contributor Porochista Khakpour writes about why this Persian New Year is different and shares the history and significance of this annual celebration of spring. 

Libraries and colleges across the country are aiming to combat fake news by educating people into being more discerning consumers of news.

The Guardian posits why poetry is the perfect antidote to a demagogue and how it can function as a form of political intervention. 

Via Literary Hub, Jen Michalski shares her insights on what it takes to pull off a reading and how to host a literary event.

New translation grants for 21 nonfiction German titles have been announced by Geisteswissenschaften International.


Fun Finds and Inspiration                                                                                     

Looking for a supportive writing community? Poets & Writers has a database of over 300 writing conferences, writers residencies, literary festivals, and more.

Via Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes series, Can Xue provides a music playlist for her novel Frontier.

Signature Reads takes a look at the role of music in books by Hari Kunzru, Haruki Murakami, and more. 

If you have trouble thinking about language as dynamic and ever-evolving, Mental Floss provides these seven signs of how language has shifted and continues to transform over time.