Poems for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, racial inequality in publishing, and more

January 15, 2016
by WLT

News, Reviews, and Interviews

In preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Academy of American Poets has curated this list of poems in honor and celebration.

Poet Allison Hedge Coke, recently published in WLT, was selected this week for the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship. 

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been continuing the conversation about racial inequality in the publishing world with a tongue-in-cheek #WhitePenName generator. Read more about the continued discussion in this post from Poets & Writers. 

A new survey of best-sellers and critics’ picks suggests that the average book is now 25% longer than 15 years ago. 

The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is open for submissions. The award is sponsored by the radio series Selected Shorts.

Addressing the gender disparity in terms of women in translation, Chad Post of Three Percent lists seven books by women from 2015 that are worth reading.

Adolf Hitler’s 1925 memoir Mein Kampf entered the public domain this year, and a new annotated edition which includes numerous footnotes critiquing Hitler’s arguments will hit bookstores in Germany today.


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

Glowing tributes to David Bowie flooded the Internet this week. In case you missed it, be sure to check out David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books or visit Brain Pickings to read his answers to the famous Proust Questionnaire.

Via Mental Floss, these police sketches of five literary characters use their book descriptions to create the composite images.

The New York Public Library has opened a massive digital archive that’s publicly available, and Flavorwire has combed through it to share this collection of interesting 1920s and 1930s book jackets.