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New York City Libraries Receive Largest Funding Boost Ever June 26, 2015: Hyperallergic reports that the NYC Council voted and approved the fiscal year 2016 budget this week, which includes a $39 million-dollar boost for NYC libraries. More: In a deal on the fiscal year [...] by

James Merrill: Secretly New York School? June 25, 2015: At Locus Solus Andrew Epstein reveals James Merrill’s rather unexpected connection to the New York School. Although Merrill “operated at some distance from the avant-garde of his [...] by

Spend Some Quality Time With the Writing of Jean-Michel Basquiat June 25, 2015: At Hyperallergic, Megan N. Liberty gives Jean-Michel Basquiat the writer his due, referencing the current show at Brooklyn Museum, The Unknown Notebooks. “Seeing and reading the pages in the [...] by

David Tomas Martinez’s ‘Us vs Them’ on PoetryNow June 25, 2015: Today on PoetryNow David Tomas Martinez’s new poem “Us vs Them” brings us some Sputniks, the Black Panthers, both Nixon AND Reagan, with a healthy dose of Duck and Cover. The poem [...] by

Split This Rock Launches The Quarry June 24, 2015: Did you know that now there is a public database of contemporary, socially-engaged poetry? It’s true! It just launched! The Quarry comes to you courtesy of Split This Rock: a social justice and [...] by

Dolores Dorantes Granted Asylum, Impacts L.A. June 24, 2015: In 2011, the Mexican poet Dolores Dorantes (recent Harriet blogger with Jen Hofer) fled Ciudad Juarez and crossed the United States/Mexico border into Texas, telling no one prior to her departure. In [...] by

Richard Blanco Travels to Cuba June 24, 2015: With the metaphorical bridge between the U.S. and Cuba slowly being reconstructed, Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco recently returned to the island to visit his family’s old neighborhood. [...] by

Preferring Top 40 With Brandon Brown June 24, 2015: At Jacket2, a sharp review of Brandon Brown’s Top 40! “In writing Top 40 (Roof Books, 2014) as a conversation with the Top 40, Brown creates an expectation that his poems do some of what [...] by

Praise: Open Democracy Remembers Nazik Al-Mala’ika June 24, 2015: It’s been eight years since “Iraq’s uncrowned queen of poetry,” Nazik Al-Mala’ika, died. Back in 2011, we observed Google’s glorious tribute to Al-Mala’ika [...] by

Claudia Rankine Considers the Black Condition in Wake of Charleston Violence June 23, 2015: Claudia Rankine has written a stunning piece for the New York Times Magazine in the wake of the Charleston shooting, focusing on the current condition of black life–that it is one of mourning. [...] by