Beyoncé Poetry, 90’s Novels, Literary Fashion & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

A Beyoncé Inspired Poetry Collection


Poet Morgan Parker released a poetry collection on the 14th titled There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. The poems use Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as foils to analyze race, social justice, and gender.

Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ Gets a Graphic Novel Adaptation


Butler’s 1997 novel has been adapted into a graphic novel by comic artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings.  The two hope their graphic novel will help increase the popularity of the sci-fi writer. You can read the first few pages online here.

NC College Opens Dorm Honoring Maya Angelou

Wake Forest University named its new dorm in honor of famous poet Maya Angelou on February 17. The poet was a professor at the university until her death in 2014.

A New Star Wars Novel: Inferno Squad

A new Star Wars novel will be coming out this July. The book is written by Christie Golden, author of several Star Wars books, including three installments of the Fate of the Jedi series.

Neil Gaiman’s Next Novel is…

Gaiman is finally writing a sequel to his 1996 novel Neverwhere. The book is titled The Seven Sisters and is inspired by Gaiman’s work the with UN’s refugee agency and how London has changed over the past twenty years. Though he has already started writing the novel, Gaiman has not announced a release date.

Literary Fashion Comes to the Biltmore House 

The Biltmore House has opened its third costume exhibition. The exhibition, ‘Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,’ showcases costumes from classic books alongside copies of the books from the Vanderbilt library. The collection includes the costumes worn by Holmes and Watson in ‘Sherlock Holmes” and more.

Stella Binion Featured in HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction Series

An 18-year-old high school senior is highlighted at Huffington Post this week. In 2016, she was honored as a member of the 2016 class of National Student Poets and welcomed into the White House by Michelle Obama. Click here to see her present her powerful and profound poem, Black Girls Be Boxing.


Need more news?

The 2017 Stephen Spender prize – a callout for poetry translators

AWP 2017: YA authors on why the politics of writing Is personal  

R.I.P., Ed Bryant: Legendary Horror Writer, Mentor, Teacher and Denverite

Two fathers use poems to teach their kids about growing up black in America


Emily Ramser is an Editorial Assistant at Change Seven, as well as a poet, author, and avid enthusiast of the Oxford Comma. She has published four poetry books with Weasel Press, all of which are available on Amazon. She lives just outside of Dallas, TX with her fianceé, dog, and cat. She’s currently working on a series of short CNF essays focusing on sexuality.

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