Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute NEW YORK — At an all-star tribute to poetry on Wednesday, Meryl Streep was thinking about her family. The Oscar-winning actress sang a lullaby she learned from her mother; read a Gary Snyder poem she had heard about from her sister-in-law, actress Maeve Kinkead; and recited […]

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Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica Poet Lorna Goodison will step into the role of Jamaica’s second official Poet Laureate becoming the first Jamaican woman appointed to the post. Goodison picks up the mantle from Professor Mervyn Morris, who was the first Poet Laureate of Jamaica appointed by the government. Goodison, who has […]

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Writers Resist: Hundreds to attend pre-inauguration protests

Large numbers of people are expected to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, but many others won’t wait that long. On Jan. 15, hundreds of writers and artists will gather at more than 50 events across the country and abroad — on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — to “re-inaugurate” democracy, in […]

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Considering Langston Hughes’ Influence on Modern Poetry

On February 1, 2016, the anniversary of Langston Hughes’s 1902 birth, the poet achieved a 21st-century mark of distinction: his name trended on Twitter. Over at the music streaming service Spotify, 8,099 listeners in the past 30 days had played recordings of Hughes reciting his poetry. On YouTube, since being posted a little over a […]

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Poet C. D. Wright Dies at Sixty-Seven

Prize-winning poet and Brown University professor C. D. Wright, age sixty-seven, passed away unexpectedly yesterday evening at her home in Providence, Rhode Island. The cause of death has yet to be determined. A press release from Wright’s publisher, Copper Canyon Press, states that Wright was known for a “signature styling of journalistic investigation, hybrid language, […]

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Univ. of TX opens Garcia Archives

Ransom Center opens Garcia Marquez archive to researchers The archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez opened today for research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The humanities research center agreed to pay $2.2 million for the archive of the late Colombian author last year and announced the acquisition in […]

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Günter Grass leaves a last farewell book

Just before he died earlier this year, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass completed his last book, “Vonne Endlichkait.” It will be published this week in German. “Günter Grass left us a moving farewell,” said his publisher Gerhard Steidl at the presentation of the book “Vonne Endlichkait,” to be published in German on Friday (28.08.2015). An […]

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RIP James Tate

James Tate, who wrote that the main challenge of poetry “is always to find the ultimate in the ordinary horseshit,” died yesterday in Massachusetts at age seventy-one. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, Tate’s poems were “always concerned to tell us that beneath the busyness and […]

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RIP E.L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 84 and lived in Manhattan […]

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Ginsberg Birthday Celebration June 3rd

Poets House to Host Special Event for Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday and Publication of ‘The Essential Ginsberg’ On Wednesday June 3rd, Poets House will host a special event celebrating Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s birthday and the publication of The Essential Ginsberg. Ginsberg’s biographer, Michael Schumacher edited The Essential Ginsberg, and the night’s events will include readings […]

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Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

On an unabashedly glorious afternoon this week, the poet and essayist Phillip Lopate stood in front of a small group of graduate students in Columbia University’s creative writing program. He took attendance, noting a few absences, before turning to a discussion about the German filmmaker Harun Farocki. But first he singled out a student sitting […]

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Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

NEW YORK (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, “Go Set a Watchman” is essentially a […]

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Wandering Hermit seeking chapbook length submissions

Wandering Hermit seeking chapbook length submissions Wandering Hermit Press is now open for contest submissions of chapbook length poetry, fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. You will find a description of what we are looking for below. An open call for submissions to our online journal Wandering Hermit Review will be forthcoming as well as an open […]

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Charles Wright named US Poet Laureate

CHARLOTTESVILLE – U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright says poetry has been the pivot around which his life has turned for 50 years. The 79-year-old retired University of Virginia professor assumed the poet laureate’s job last week. The Library of Congress chose Wright to succeed Natasha Trethewey in June. “Poetry has helped me discover what little […]

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Lost chapter to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory A previously unpublished chapter of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, originally deemed “too wild” for children and found among Dahl’s papers after his death, has been published in the Guardian. Read the chapter: The remaining eight children, together with their mothers and fathers, […]

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Third Man Records launches publishing wing

Jack White’s Third Man Records launches publishing wing Jack White’s Third Man Records is expanding: the label will officially launch its new publishing wing next month, with the release of Language Lessons: Volume 1. The debut release from Third Man Books isn’t just an ordinary hardback, however: co-edited by Third Man’s Ben Swank and Chet […]

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