Friday Lit Links: 2018 Neustadt Prize finalists and the “book women” on horseback

September 8, 2017
by WLT

2018 Neustadt Prize finalists


News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature finalists have been announced!

Via the New Yorker, 2018 Neustadt Prize finalist Edwidge Danticat writes about DACA, Hurricane Irma, and the experience of hearing Dreamers share their stories.

Via, M. Lynx Qualey rounds up a list of 19 literary translations from Arabic that are forthcoming this fall.

From the Academy of American Poets, check out a poem by NSK Prize laureate Marilyn Nelson, tributes to John Ashbery, and Claudia Rankine’s forthcoming Blaney lecture.

Recent NSK Prize juror and children’s book author M. T. Anderson joins the Rewrite Radio podcast to discuss the sacred and the strange.

From Poetry magazine’s monthly “The Reading List,” editor Elise Paschen recommends reading WLT’s New Native Writing special section.

The Chapbook Interview joins in a conversation with Bradypress founder and Gibraltar Editions co-founder Denise Brady to discuss what typography and the letterpress can offer to the world of poetry. 

“Texas was Mexico. Border crossed us.” These words from Maria Dolores Castillo are from her contribution to the Six Word Memoirs project that also includes Junot Diaz, Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie, Viet Thanh Nguyen and many others.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Get to know your favorite authors through food! has a recipe for Maya Angelou’s smothered chicken

Did you know the working title of The Great Gatsby was “Trimalchio in West Egg?” Electric Literature rounds up the working titles of famous novels.

Known as the “book women,” these women rode miles on horseback to deliver library books. Take a look at Atlas Obscura’s selection of images of the Kentucky pack horse librarians.