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April 25, 2017 – 7:34 am | One Comment

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 …

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Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan among readers at poetry tribute

April 25, 2017 – 7:34 am | One Comment

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 …

Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica

April 5, 2017 – 8:56 am | No Comment

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. …

Writers Resist: Hundreds to attend pre-inauguration protests

January 8, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment

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 …

Ten books about exile and displacement

July 8, 2016 – 6:58 am | One Comment

The Caribbean experience has, since the “discovery” of the West Indies in the 15th century, been marked by exile, displacement, comings and goings, and the creation of diaspora everywhere from …

50 best cult books

May 10, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment

A cult book may be hard to define but one thing is for sure: you know a cult book when you see one.
Cult books are somehow, intangibly, different from simple …

Considering Langston Hughes’ Influence on Modern Poetry

March 7, 2016 – 8:55 am | One Comment

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 …

Poet C. D. Wright Dies at Sixty-Seven

January 18, 2016 – 6:35 am | 2 Comments

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 …

Univ. of TX opens Garcia Archives

October 26, 2015 – 8:58 am | One Comment

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 …

Günter Grass leaves a last farewell book

September 8, 2015 – 8:24 pm | 3 Comments

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 …

RIP James Tate

July 29, 2015 – 8:35 am | 2 Comments

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 …

RIP E.L. Doctorow

July 24, 2015 – 5:58 am | No Comment

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 …

The best indie bookstores.

June 24, 2015 – 6:35 am | No Comment

The 10 best independent bookshops in the world – readers recommend.

Wherever you are in the world, visiting a bookshop is always a treat – but with their numbers dwindling, independent …

Ginsberg Birthday Celebration June 3rd

June 1, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

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 …

Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

April 27, 2015 – 10:28 am | One Comment

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 …

Roald Dahl responds.

March 23, 2015 – 12:31 pm | One Comment

When a 17-year-old boy wrote to legendary author Roald Dahl in 1980 asking for feedback on a short story he’d written, he hardly dared hope he would get a response.
When …

Basquiat the poet

March 9, 2015 – 12:30 pm | One Comment

The Unknown Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT was, famously, a graffitist who became a painter. He wasn’t the only one to make the transition in that electric moment of the …

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

February 8, 2015 – 11:47 am | No Comment

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 …

Horror Writing Contest

February 3, 2015 – 9:02 am | No Comment

“You are in the darkest place in the world.” Submit your blood-curdlers, spine-tinglers, skin-crawlers, and hair-raisers to Inkitt’s free horror contest! Fiction from flash to 10,000 words is accepted. …

The Red Wheelbarrow

January 31, 2015 – 7:28 am | No Comment

Ashford King, a student at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, has taken on the project of translating William Carlos Williams’s famous poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” into one hundred and forty-two languages.
French. Spanish. …

New Writers To Look Out For

January 19, 2015 – 7:19 am | No Comment

New Writers To Look Out For
Chloe Honum is a tremendously talented poet who we’ve had the chance to publish a few times now. Her first collection, The Tulip Flame, came …

Mark Strand tribute in NYC – Jan 18th

January 7, 2015 – 7:12 am | No Comment

Academy of American Poets to Cosponsor Mark Strand Memorial Event in New York City
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to share that we will be joining with the family …

50 Most Expensive of the year.

December 19, 2014 – 6:09 am | No Comment

Rare and used bookseller AbeBooks.com has listed its fifty most expensive book sales of the year. A first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, for example, sold for …

Kerouac letter for sale

November 24, 2014 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

Long-lost letter that inspired Kerouac’s On the Road to go up for auction

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre – 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal …

Wandering Hermit seeking chapbook length submissions

October 23, 2014 – 6:53 am | No Comment

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 …

Charles Wright named US Poet Laureate

October 1, 2014 – 8:44 am | No Comment

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 …

JRR Tolkien’s 100 year old poem.

September 24, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

A century ago Russian forces were beginning the 133-day siege of Przemy?l and the German army took Péronne. Meanwhile, in a Nottinghamshire farmhouse, a young man wrote a poem about …

Lost chapter to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

September 2, 2014 – 1:54 pm | One Comment

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 …

Interesting article on Joyce

August 11, 2014 – 9:55 am | One Comment

On Joyce and Syphilis
New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate

n 1917, while walking down a street in Zurich, James Joyce suffered an “eye attack” and …

Third Man Records launches publishing wing

July 24, 2014 – 10:39 am | No Comment

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 …

Exploding Pinecones: A Call for Chapbook Submissions

July 14, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Exploding Pinecones: A Call for Chapbook Submissions

Beginning July 15th Button Poetry is holding an open call for chapbook submissions. There is a $15 entry fee. The highs and lows of waiting for the outcome is surely …

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