It was fairly quiet in creative writing-land. Here are a few highlights from the past week.
In response to calls for more transparency and diversity, AWP has released a breakdown of 231 events for the 2016 AWP conference by the communities they represent. According to AWP, “The events self-identify themselves, in their titles or descriptions, as events dedicated to the representation of twelve literary communities among the many that comprise AWP.”
Former Granta editor-in-chief and National Book Critics Circle president John Freeman is about to launch his new eponymous literary magazine, Freeman’s. Vogue has a piece all about it. The first issue features work by Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, Dave Eggers, and others.
It’s practically Eileen Myles week online. The legendary poet and prose writer has two new books out next week--a selected poems and a reprint of her classic novel Chelsea Girls. PW did a profile, and here are other pieces about Myles life and work in New York Magazine, and, if you'd like to brush up on all things Myles, here’s an extended analysis at the Poetry Society of America by Maggie Nelson. Look out for more coverage next week.
Writers looking for cool and unusual places to get some writing done might apply to the Amtrak Residency for Writers, now in its second year. Selected writers get a sleeper car in an Amtrak train with a desk in it. There will always be something inspiring out the window.