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‘Two quasi-independent language systems’ in Your Brain May 15, 2015: A new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins, Rice, and Columbia Universities reveals that written and spoken language can function independent of one another because those impulses occur [...] by

RIP Franz Wright May 15, 2015: Yesterday we were saddened by the news of Franz Wright’s death at the age of 62. SF Gate reports “His friend Alex Green, owner of Back Pages Books in Waltham, Mass., said that Mr. Wright [...] by

‘Her insides are contacting you': Fen Sun Chen’s New Book, The 8th House May 15, 2015: Lucky us: Feng Sun Chen’s latest book, The 8th House (Black Ocean 2015) is reviewed by J. Fossenbell for The Volta Blog. “Feng Sun Chen’s latest collection of poems traces an enclosed [...] by

Sophia Le Fraga & BHQFU Want Your Help Authoring a Poem for NADA Art Fair May 15, 2015: As part of her course (co-taught with Ana Božičević) at Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), “The Poetic Act,” Sophia Le Fraga will be inviting participation in a social [...] by

Poets House and the Oakland Museum of California Team up for Powerhouse Reading May 14, 2015: If you’re in Oakland or surrounding areas tomorrow evening, you’ll want to stop by the Oakland Museum of California to check out a reading by Cedar Sigo, Juliana Spahr, and Tanya Sarmina. [...] by

Amiri Baraka’s ‘Most Dangerous Man’ Arrives at the Castillo Theater May 28th May 14, 2015: The first draft of Amiri Baraka’s theatrical tribute to W.E.B. Dubois, “Most Dangerous Man (W.E.B. Dubois),” weighed in at 250 pages. The controversial page count (typically, [...] by

‘For me, the act of writing is to commit to a kind of hope, to the will to change': Adonis Speaks to The Indian Express May 14, 2015: Last weekend, the Syrian-born poet, Adonis traveled from Paris to Varkala, a coastal town in Kerala, to receive the Kumaran Asan World Poetry Prize. Previous recipients of the award include Léopold [...] by

Intensely Bold: Sara Nicholson at Poetry Society of America May 14, 2015: Joshua Edwards does us all a favor by introducing the work of Sara Nicholson as part of PSA’s New American Poets Series, which annually “recognizes some of the most innovative and [...] by

2015 PEN Literary Award Winners Announced May 13, 2015: The 2015 PEN Literary Awards have been announced! Congratulations go out to Saeed Jones for winning the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry ($5,000) for Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)! The [...] by

Studying Lorine Niedecker’s Ecopoetics May 13, 2015: Edge Effects contributor, Steel Wagstaff, explains the origins of the term “ecopoetics” and brings Lorine Niedecker’s ecological writing practice into focus. From Edge Effects: [...] by