Writers in DC, a Book Deal for #1000BlackGirlBooks Founder & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

Writers Prepare to Lobby Congress During AWP 2017

Writers from around the country attending AWP in Washington, DC this week are planning to lobby their senators and representatives on Friday, February 10, regarding a number of the new administration’s policies. On Saturday, there will also be a vigil and number of presentations for free speech in front of the White House.

Marley Dias Gets Book Deal from Scholastic

The founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks will be publishing a nonfiction book with Scholastic in the spring of 2018. Telling the story of transforming her passion of promoting diversity in literacy and literature, the publisher says, “In her forthcoming nonfiction book for ages 10 and up, Marley Dias, the powerhouse girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, shows kids how to make their own dreams come true.” Congratulations Marley!

Kerala Literature Festival 2017

The Kerala Literature Festival brought thousands of readers to Kozhikode, India from Feb 2-5 this week. The second annual event hosted nearly 300 writers of national and international acclaim, with many paths and programs including writing historical fiction, human rights, democracy, graphic novels, philosophy, and more. In the keynote address, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said:

“Many young people are moving from 140 characters to literature. Language is an intricate and phenomenal expression of the human mind and literature is a wonderful expression of it.” – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Announced

Australia’s biggest literary prize has been awarded to Australian playwright and actor Leah Purcell for her reimagining of Henry Lawson’s, The Drover’s Wife. The award for fiction was given posthumously to Georgia Blain for her book Between a Wolf and a Dog. for a full list of the winners, click here.

But wait – there’s more!

Writer helps raise $100K to pay off students’ lunch debt – with a single tweet.

The rise of a young queer writer from Greenland.

CalArts launches online lit mag.

laurelsunshineLaurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am theEggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on twitter @laurels_idea.


  1. The people have the power! Thank you for sharing your story. I wasn’t able to make it this year but know many who did – very exciting. I like using that term “manifestations” – perfect. Clarity of purpose and voice – in action – is exactly what this country needs.


  2. Spontaneous protests, small and large, broke out throughout AWP. Some involved chanting. Some resembled old-time sit-ins. And then there was the vigil in Lafayette Park. The French term for demonstrations seems perfect. The French call them “manifestations.” All these actions manifested our unrest, our awareness that freedom of expression and other hard-fought freedoms are at risk, and a statement to each other (and the administration) that we’re not going to sit idly by and watch them erode. Resistance, pervasive and sustained, is our chosen response. Power to the people!


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