What We're Reading This Week: May 4, 2020

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Letter Writing: Find Your Voice

Amy Robinson had wanted to write to her favorite poet, Eavan Boland, who died on April 27, 2020, but the letter never made it to the mail. 

She writes, “A large part of the cutting sadness of your death is that now, in global quarantine, your clear, quiet poems of interior space, candles and knives, women’s voices, and kitchen gardens have even more meaning and heft. We need the tender attentiveness of your words.”

Read four of Boland’s poems: “The Poets,” “Moths,” “The Lost Land” and “IV Quarantine” from New Collected Poems (2009).

Chat with Authors at Virtual Book Clubs
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix Book Club: Authors Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds participate in a moderated virtual book club every Wednesday in May. Join Loyalty Bookstore, 2 to 3 pm, on May 13, May 20, and May 27. A Zoom link will be shared with registrants each morning before the event; the registration link is available now.
 
How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences Book Club: Join author Sue William Silverman on Fridays, May 8 and May 15, 3 - 5 pm, for craft-focused discussions. Register here. Be sure to click "Join the “AWP Community.”
 
Awarded this Week: Congratulations, 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners

Colson Whitehead won the Fiction Prize for his novel The Nickel Boys. Read his discussion of John Carpenter, Fantastic Voyage, and writers block. Kudos to Jericho Brown, whose The Tradition received the Poetry Prize. Read one of his poems, "Correspondence,” and browse the full list of prize winners and finalists.