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Hello Again & Harriet & Comments April 29, 2009: This seems like as good of a time as any to re-introduce myself as a Harriet citizen, so here I go: Hi.  How's it going? As many of you know, for the past eleven months  I've been a contributing writer here on Harriet and editorial consultant for Poetryfoundation.org.  This month, I've started work as the new associate editor.  I hope to [...] by

Opt In or Opt Out? April 29, 2009: The NYT reported yesterday that the Justice Department is looking into the anti-trust implications of the Google Books Settlement. This is the latest twist in an ongoing saga--one which leaves many savvy publishers and copyright experts (let alone writers) more than a little confused. Some background: In 2005, the Authors Guild and the [...] by

Jim Behrle, Zadie Smith, Sexy Robots, and the Chicago Poetry Tour April 22, 2009: Jim Behrle (pictured above) has launched Baby Trotsky a Twitter literary magazine featuring, of course, 140 character poems and short (short!) stories.  Who knows if it will be as successful as Twitter's LOLcat haiku, or Anon Poetry (or even the PoFo's own Poetry News), but Mr. Behrle is nothing if not devoted to his projects, so we can all [...] by

Deborah Digges & Franklin Rosemont, R.I.P. April 17, 2009: Deborah Digges, author of the Kingsley Tufts-award winning collection Rough Music, was found dead last Friday on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus.  The Tufts professor, poet and memoirist apparently took her own life. Read the Boston Globe's obituary. The news from Tufts Daily. The New York Times obit. An [...] by

Headlines: NEVERMORE! April 10, 2009: No, dear hearts, I am not made of stone.  I am not some blog hog tyrant who can't listen to reason.  So when you say, hey, bubba, those headlines on Harriet this month are kind of "annoying," when you say they "clog the RSS feed," and that "no one in their right mind cares about D.I.Y. magnetic poetry," and "Why don't you take your Seamus Heaney [...] by

Headlines: April 9, 2009 April 9, 2009: Different sex, different book. The 2009 Guggenheim list. Dante's love and Dante's ethics. Exclaiming Chelsey Minnis and Edna St. Vincent Millay. The New Economy same as the Old: Poets are broke. Said of Shiraz poem headed to White House. Leonard Cohen, comparing mythologies. DIY magnetic poetry. The lyric poems of [...] by

Headlines: April 8, 2009 April 8, 2009: Seamus Heaney= bikini? Egypt bans literary journal for "blasphemous poem." How to build your own letterpress. Is all bookselling local? "Africadian" poet's new book of blues and bliss. Is poetry in the midst of " a worldwide movement, a renaissance"? Judging a book by its author photo. Poetry picks from Fort [...] by

Headlines: April 7, 2009 April 7, 2009: Latino/a Poetry Fest at Miami of Ohio Get a personalized edition of a Penguin Classic! Jacques Roubaud's pink oranges A slam poet and "classic surrealist" closes out the SDMA "Black Womanhood" exhibit "The most effective, most true mnemonic device" Faber's 80th anniversary Jonathan Rhys Meyers, poet Chip Kidd, Dr. Seuss, [...] by

Headlines: April 6, 2009 April 6, 2009: It's National Poetry Month at the Huffington Post And perhaps it's time for poetry's "dramatic image overhaul" The poetry Final Four (T.B. take note) "You do not need an iPod.  Memorize poetry instead." Charles Olson, "equal parts bear and shaman," on PBS Springtime in the south Devon turf with Alice Oswald Another look at [...] by

Headlines: April 3, 2009 April 3, 2009: The greatest poet of the great war? "This bright-skinned papa's boy": Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica Is the economy good for small bookstores? Declaim the joy's of Jersey spring 30 poets, 30 days, 30 podcasts Seamus Heaney, bronzed Examining exuberance with Shaughnessy and Wolfson The troubled legacy of Plath, Hughes, and [...] by