The Australian writer and poet won a Windham-Campbell prize. Eckermann, currently unemployed, is living in Adelaide. She says the prize money will allow her to reunite with her son and grandson.
Other writers in the 2017 grant round include the Michigan-born political poet Carolyn Forché also winning a poetry grant, New Zealander Ashleigh Young and the Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff for nonfiction, Marina Carr (Ireland) and Ike Holter (US) for drama, and André Alexis (Canada) and Erna Brodber (Jamaica) for fiction.
Thirty-four writers wrote their summary of the year thus far in verse. Some wrote just two words while other wrote long poems. Each of the pieces, however, represent the writer’s struggle in this year so far.
Former president of the Oxford Union “Sy” Lee recently cofounded a serialized fiction app called Radish that focuses on making writers money through mobile micro-payments. Users can gain early access to new chapters by paying 20 to 40 cents per chapter or they can wait a few weeks until the chapter becomes available. The app is mostly popular in China, but Lee thinks it will soon become popular in the US.
Sony just won the bidding war for the rights to Victoria Schwab’s fantasy novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, and are in negotiations to secure the rights to the entire series. Gerard Butler is on board to produce the adaptation via his shingle, G-Base, along with the company’s Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson
Unfortunately, we lost several writers this week:
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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.