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Black Libraries Matter: No Whispering. Food, Drink, & Dancing, Shouting, & Singing, Encouraged

Black Libraries Matter: No Whispering. Food, Drink, & Dancing, Shouting, & Singing, Encouraged

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks going to sleep at dawn after long dejected discussions with black friends and loved ones, wherein the culmination was either rallying around the fact that we [...]

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Shane McCrae in Conversation at <em>32Poems</em>

Poetry News

Hot off the internet-presses today is Cate Lycurgus’s interview with Shane McCrae at 32Poems. Last year Persea Books published McCrae’s latest collection The Animal Too Big to Kill, which [...]
‘The Finest of the Lot’: David L. Ulin on Jenny Diski’s <em>In Gratitude</em> & Death Literature

Poetry News

At Literary Hub, David L. Ulin considers the “paucity of death literature in western culture.” This, while participating in a reading at Los Angeles cemetery “Hollywood [...]
Dennis Cooper in Conversation With Andrew Durbin on Google’s Censorship at <em>FRIEZE</em>

Poetry News

Dennis Cooper’s blog DC’s has been an essential resource for writers of all genres; after fourteen years, Google deactivated DC’s without explanation. At Frieze, Dennis Cooper [...]
Kirsten Dunst to Direct <em>The Bell Jar</em>

Poetry News

Mademoiselle! Kirsten Dunst is set to direct her debut feature, a film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, reports the Guardian. More from Catherine Shoard: Dakota Fanning has been [...]
Helen Guri Becomes Al Purdy at Al Purdy’s A-Frame

Poetry News

Montreal-based poet Helen Guri writes for Brick about her recent time at the Al Purdy A-frame house in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Purdy (1918–2000), who published in his lifetime over thirty [...]
Smithsonian’s Senior Historian Asks ‘Should We Hate Poetry?’

Poetry News

The conversation surrounding Ben Lerner’s new book Hatred of Poetry has reached the Smithsonian—Smithsonian Magazine, that is. The institution’s Senior Historian, David C. Ward, remarks [...]
Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing on Erasure

Poetry News

Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing’s blog hosts a conversation between Kristina Marie Darling and Sam Taylor: practitioners of “self-erasure.” Recent [...]
Troll Thread Shows Us How It’s Done

Poetry News

If you’re one of the thimbleful of people hoping to start a small press but not sure where to start, we’ve got an instruction manual for you, just out from the good folks at Troll Thread. [...]
American Small Presses Thriving, Says the <em>Atlantic</em>

Poetry News

The Atlantic covers the need for smaller publishing houses, looking at Graywolf, Coffee House, Dorothy, Two Dollar Radio, and Tin House. [W]hen editors and publishers feel they need to fight for [...]
‘I write poems to devastate and startle myself’: Matthea Harvey in Conversation

Poetry News

We missed this one last week—bummer! But now we’re taking the afternoon to get caught up with Matthea Harvey, who’s in conversation with Jane Huffman at Sundress Blog. Much ground is [...]
Brazil’s Interim President, Michel Temer ‘Gets His Poetry On’

Poetry News

Described in this New York Times profile as a “button-down career politician whose demeanor is so cryptically ceremonious that his rivals liken him to a butler in a horror movie”—it may [...]
‘Every Time I Write a Poem, I’m Still Starting From Scratch’: PBS <em>NewsHour</em> Meets Poet Kasey Jueds

Poetry News

At PBS NewsHour, a conversation with poet Kasey Jueds. The author of poetry collection, Keeper, published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013, the profile begins with a look into the origins of [...]
Stanford Scholar Looks at ‘Poetic Identity’ of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Poetry News

Stanford religious studies scholar Ahoo Najafian looks at poetry in Iran, writing for Stanford Report about the complex revolutionary themes in poems by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who [...]
Language in a Visual Field: A Conversation With Erica Baum

Poetry News

Writer and “photography artist” Erica Baum is interviewed at Baxter St., and it’s a beautiful read. “Using found sources including paper back books or index cards, Baum [...]
Sawako Nakayasu Discusses the Pursuit of Translation, Chika Sagawa, & More at <em>Asymptote</em>

Poetry News

Sawako Nakayasu talks about Chika Sagawa, Japanese Modernism, and the pursuit of experimental translation with Lindsey Webb for Asymptote. “Forrest Gander called Sawako Nakayasu ‘the [...]
Is Poetry the Best Medium For Changing the World? At <em>HuffPo,</em> Danez Smith and Daveed Diggs Say: Yes

Poetry News

More Brave New Voices! Yes, the poetry slam festival—which celebrated its 19th annual event—is owning the limelight today on account of its awesomeness. At Huffington Post read a conversation [...]
Dream Logic: Kaveh Akbar Interviews Max Ritvo

Poetry News

Kaveh Akbar interviewed Max Ritvo for Divedapper! These two talk about Ritvo’s forthcoming debut collection, Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions), childhood nightmares and “bedtime [...]
A Range of Thinking on the Illegible in Issue 6 of <em>Amodern</em>

Poetry News

We expect you’ll be pleased to know that Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible, guest edited by Nick Thurston, is out. The most poet-inclined of the peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journals out [...]