Poets and Writers

Writers on TIME’s Most Influential People List, Autofiction’s Predecessors, and More

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

TIME has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, which includes nonfiction writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, novelist Elena Ferrante, and fiction and nonfiction writerMarilynne Robinson.

Amazon has landed a three-year contract with the New York City Department of Education to provide approximately $30 million in e-books to students through an exclusive marketplace website. The e-tailer earns 10 to 15 percent commission on its sales through the deal. The New York City public school system is the largest district in the country, with 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. (Publishers Weekly)

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, the Washington Postfeatures a collaboration project between ten poets and ten visual artists, in which the artists have created graphic animated responses to poems. Participating poets include Victoria Chang, Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young.

“Waldrop’s feminism, expressed in lacunae and ‘gaps,’ implicitly mocks the need for accuracy and literal expression, here imagined as essentially male.” At the New Yorker, poet Dan Chiasson considers the life and work of poet Rosmarie Waldrop, and her latest volume of selected poems, Gap Gardening (New Directions).

Today marks the two-hundredth birthday of British novelist Charlotte Brontë. Celebrate theJane Eyre author’s bicentenary by reading about the authors and books she inspired at theInternational Business Times, then head over to the Guardian to see how well you know the author with a fun quiz.

Book five of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s popular six-volume series, My Struggle, was released this week by Archipelago. As the popularity of autofiction continues to rise, Public Booksprovides a list of autofiction writers who preceded Knausgaard in the genre.

At the New York Times, American Psycho novelist Bret Easton Ellis talks about seeing the Broadway version of his novel for the first time, and the strange phenomenon the book has become thirty years since it was written.