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La Vida Poetica: aka Can You Community?

La Vida Poetica: aka Can You Community?

Last week I went to a celebration for the life of Maya Angelou. On Friday, September 19, I went to a birthday celebration for Sonia Sanchez. My mother, may she be happy in heaven, always said give [...]

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One Day Only: Kate Zambreno on Kathy Acker

Poetry News

Frances Farmer Is My Sister is back! For today. Kate Zambreno has posted an excerpt of a forthcoming essay on Kathy Acker, to be in book form soon in Feminist Press’s ICON anthology, edited by [...]
David Meltzer Needs Your Help!

Poetry News

This just in: David Meltzer needs your help! The beat-generation poet and former poetics professor at San Francisco’s New College is struggling with liver cancer and subsequent medical bills as [...]
<em>Hyperallergic</em> Reviews Afton Wilky’s <em>Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea</em>

Poetry News

If you’re wondering what to start reading this fall, Hyperallergic has some great pointers, including a shout out to Afton Wilky’s debut collection published by flim forum press called [...]
Rare Footage of Etheridge Knight Reading at Scranton Public Library, 1980

Poetry News

Our friend Jordan Stempleman dug up this amazing footage of Etheridge Knight reading at the Scranton Public Library on March 11, 1980, as part of their Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poery [...]
The Writing Project That Was Heriberto Yépez

Poetry News

Guillermo Parra has translated what appears to be a resignation letter from Mexican writer and poet Heriberto Yépez (“called one of the best writers and chroniclers of contemporary [...]
And the First Write-a-House in Detroit Goes to…Casey Rocheteau!

Poetry News

Casey Rocheteau, alum of Callaloo Writer’s Workshop and Cave Canem Fellow, and author of the poetry collection Knocked Up On Yes, is the recipient of a new home in Detroit thanks to the Write a [...]
<em>Fanzine</em> Interviews Joyelle McSweeney

Poetry News

Fanzine interviews Joyelle McSweeney about her recent book, Salamandrine: 8 Gothics (Tarpaulin Sky 2013). We do love it when McSweeney talks about motherhood (and the dark arts): JM: …It [...]
Charles Bernstein’s Papers Acquired by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Poetry News

Great news! Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the papers of Charles Bernstein. What a generous gift for future generations of poets and scholars! From [...]
Tibetan Poet and Activist Detained

Poetry News

Yesterday we came across this disappointing news item from Mid Day. Poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue was detained by police ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India. According to [...]
Lauren Berlant Interviews Claudia Rankine in New Issue of <em>BOMB</em>

Poetry News

In the fall issue of BOMB, Lauren Berlant interviews Claudia Rankine, whose new book Citizen: An American Lyric, is just out from Graywolf (and nominated for a National Book Award, and reading [...]
<em>Publisher’s Weekly</em> Reviews Lisa Robertson’s <em>Cinema of the Present</em>

Poetry News

We can’t wait, October! That’s when Lisa Robertson‘s newest masterpiece, Cinema of the Present, will appear on bookshelves at the very smartest of bookstores. From PW: In this [...]
Thank You Science!

Poetry News

The results are in: according to an article recently published at Mic, writing expressively about traumatic, stressful, or emotional events for 15 to 20 minutes a day over the course of a four month [...]
THERE WILL BE SELTZER: Diana Hamilton Defines Poetry

Poetry News

Make sure you get to this interview with Diana Hamilton at the Ugly Duckling Presse Tumblr. “Someone said that poetry was a little hedgehog that you nuzzle against your heart. Put that little [...]
<em>Boston Review</em> Starts a Forum in Response to Daniel Tiffany’s ‘Cheap Signaling’

Poetry News

Now the doughnuts are in their own image! Boston Review editor B.K. Fischer has created a forum of responses devoted to Daniel Tiffany’s essay on class consciousness as structured, read, and [...]
Nominations Open for North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

Poetry News

Calling all (qualified) poets in the great state of North Carolina! The nomination process is now open for the next poet laureate of the state. You’ll recall the recent kerfuffle involving [...]
Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Awarded MacArthur Fellowships

Poetry News

We woke up this morning to the wonderful news that two poets have been named MacArthur Fellows: Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa. We turn to Jacket Copy for some of the details: This year’s [...]
Where Does Iambic Pentameter Come From?

Poetry News

Oddly enough, although the term “iambic pentameter” refers to a metrical pattern written in English, the term itself originates from Greek! How does THAT work? Gretchen McCullogh of Slate [...]
Here It Is! 2014 National Book Award Longlist

Poetry News

What a great 10-title longlist for the National Book Award! For more context on nominated poets, check out the write up a the LA Times and at the NY Times too. We’ll be looking forward to [...]