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WBUR Boston Previews Massachusetts Poetry Festival April 29, 2016: The festival runs through this weekend and spotlights poetry’s various connections with activism. As the festival’s Executive Director January Gill O’Neil remarks “poetry readings [...] by

New York Times Reveals More Details about Warsan Shire April 29, 2016: After the release of Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, this weekend, media outlets have lauded Warsan Shire, the poet whose work is featured in Beyoncé’s new work. At New York Times, [...] by

Emily Skillings Talks Dance, Writing Process, and the Nourishing Mist of John Ashbery April 28, 2016: It’s still National Poetry Month, you know. In honor of the April weather, Huffington Post interviewed Emily Skillings, the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The [...] by

Rest in Peace, Maurice Kenny (1929–2016) April 27, 2016: We are saddened to report that poet and SUNY professor Maurice Kenny–known for poetry that explored his Mohawk heritage–has passed away at the age of 86. “Mr. Kenny, who taught [...] by

Pitt News Covers University of Pittsburgh’s New Center for African-American Poetry and Poetics April 27, 2016: The Pitt News (the “independent, student-written and student-managed newspaper serving the University of Pittsburgh community”) has Amanda Reed writing of the University of [...] by

Carrie Lorig’s Expertise Is a Natural One April 26, 2016: The review we’re poring over today: Leora Fridman on Carrie Lorig’s The Pulp vs. the Throne (Artifice Books, 2015) at Jacket2. “Lorig’s is a wide-reaching grasp of a book that [...] by

Ocean Vuong Interviewed for All Things Considered April 25, 2016: At NPR’s All Things Considered, poet Ocean Vuong discusses his debut collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), preserving his Vietnamese culture in the U.S., and more. [...] by

Nan Shepherd’s Portrait Graces New Royal Bank of Scotland Notes April 25, 2016: Scotsman remarks that RBS’s newest batch of currency includes appearances by two of the nation’s most extraordinary women: Scottish poet and novelist Nan Shepherd, in addition to Scottish [...] by

Bustle Wonders: ‘Who is Warsan Shire? The Poet From Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ April 25, 2016: Yes! We’ve talked a bit about Warsan Shire’s brilliance. Now Bustle’s taking notice too thanks to Beyoncé’s mind-blowing Lemonade. Really you have to watch it–but read this [...] by

Compton Teen Reads Her Poem ‘Guts’ on PBS NewsHour April 22, 2016: At PBS NewsHour, Compton teenager Kimberly Cervantes speaks about how poetry has helped her to deal with “a steady exposure to violence” and with the backlash she faced from her peers [...] by