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Ted Mathys Reads From His Newest Collection, <em>Null Set</em>

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At PBS News Hour, St. Louis-based poet Ted Mathys “contemplates fatherhood in a hotel room” (or at least, this featured poem does!). Mathys’s third book, Null Set (Coffee House Press 2015), is said to be “a collection of cultured, emotionally vulnerable poems in which he seeks meaning within the bounds of the absolute while simultaneously […]

Want to Avoid Suffocating After Serving Ten Years as UK Poet Laureate? Here’s How!

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Well, if you’re Sir Andrew Motion, you move to the US and become professor of the arts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. That’s one way, as reported by BBC News. Of his decision to move across the pond, Motion said: “”I feel I’m spending roughly half my time hiding in plain sight because I […]

Knowledge is Power: Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library Receives Grant for Lights On During Freddie Gray Protests

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This just in from CBS Baltimore: the Enoch Pratt Free Library has received a generous $25,000 grant from PNC Foundation for providing struggling Baltimore residents with a steadfast launch-pad during the recent Freddie Gray protests. From CBS News: From the CVS burning down across the street to businesses being looted nearby, the Enoch Pratt Free […]

<em>Brainpickings</em> Remembers That Time That Adrienne Rich Declined the National Medal of the Arts

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Adrienne Rich, who would have celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday this past Saturday, remains the only artist to refuse this honor. As Brainpickings explains, the National Medal of the Arts is “the highest honor bestowed upon an individual artist on behalf of the people of the United States.” More: Beloved poet, essayist, and reconstructionist Adrienne Rich […]

Jamaal May’s ‘Shift’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

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We’ve all had our bum gigs, so I’m sure you can relate to Jamaal May when he wonders: “I don’t know // if it’s better to be good at a bad job or bad at a good job, / but there must be some kind of satisfaction / in doing a job so poorly, you’re […]

Rare Book Thieves Cringe at Title of New Conference

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The Guardian reports that the British Library will host the first conference of its kind on the topic of book theft (entitled “The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril”) after a series of “devastating thefts” to books printed centuries ago. From The Guardian: Thefts of rare books, maps and manuscripts from national libraries have sparked […]

AWP Removes Vanessa Place From 2016 Conference Subcommittee

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This weekend saw the unfolding of outrage over Vanessa Place’s Twitter account, a project that (as we’ve noted previously) has been transcribing the entirety of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind for the past two years and change. Over 2,000 people signed a petition yesterday to have Place removed from her seat on the AWP […]

Diana Arterian Reviews Maggie Nelson’s <em>The Argonauts</em>

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At the Boston Review, the awesome Diana Arterian reviews Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts: “Where most writers would hold back, Nelson lopes forward: ‘I was ashamed, but undaunted (my epithet?).’” More: As Nelson states in a recent interview on The Argonauts, “If you dug The Art of Cruelty because I talk about edgy guy art but […]

The Whitest Boy Alive: Witnessing Kenneth Goldsmith

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“There are times when scandal feels like the sun that race revolves around.” –The Racial Imaginary “The white writer feels injured in this moment—misunderstood and wounded—and believes it is the reader, the person of color, who has dealt the injury.” –The Racial Imaginary “I want to draw a map, so to speak…” –Playing in the […]

Nomadic Coffee Serves Up Poetry with Every Bag of Beans

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What could be better than a cup of coffee? A cup of coffee AND poetry of course! The Nomadic Ground Poets-in-the-Coffee series, edited by Virginia Barrett, ensures that an awakened, enlightened poem is inside every bag of beans. Check it out! Nomadic Ground Press is an organic and fair trade coffee company that puts a […]

Calling All Teenage Poets!

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The online mag Gigantic Sequins has a great opportunity for the younger set. For a new online feature, they are seeking submissions of poems from teenage writers ages 14 through 19! You have until July 20 to send poems their way (and, though it ain’t the real world, you’ll be notified of the status of […]

All Members of USC’s 2016 MFA Class Drop Out of Program in Protest

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Hyperallergic and Artforum both report that the entire first-year MFA class of USC’s Roski School of Art has dropped out of the program in protest of current conditions. “The group of students who left the program are Julie Beaufils, Sid Duenas, George Egerton-Warburton, Edie Fake, Lauren Davis Fisher, Lee Relvas, and Ellen Schafer.” From Hyperallergic: […]

Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drummer

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Hyperallergic brings news about a new website that translates words into drum beats. Typedrummer, created by Kyle Stetz, features a basic, easy-to-use user interface that invites participants to type a word and to listen. What’s the first word that you’ll listen to? We plan to check out the sound of Shakespeare’s sonnets. From Hyperallergic: Have […]

‘Two quasi-independent language systems’ in Your Brain

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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 from different points in the brain. In order to reach this rather remarkable conclusion, scientists studied patients undergoing treatment for aphasia, or, difficulty communicating after suffering […]

RIP Franz Wright

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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 died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.” Franz Wright was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in the […]

‘Her insides are contacting you': Fen Sun Chen’s New Book, <em>The 8th House</em>

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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 space of intimacy that invites you in—not like sex (though there’s sex here, too) but primarily like inhabiting/invading the wet cavities of a […]

Sophia Le Fraga & BHQFU Want Your Help Authoring a Poem for NADA Art Fair

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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 media poem-project—in conjunction with the NADA Art Fair, taking place this weekend—via the hashtag #NADAdrift, says Forbes Magazine. Participants–whether they are at NADA or not–are invited […]

Poets House and the Oakland Museum of California Team up for Powerhouse Reading

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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. We’re thrilled to see the continental reach of friends at Poets House. More on the reading: These three artists will explore the gallery […]

Amiri Baraka’s ‘Most Dangerous Man’ Arrives at the Castillo Theater May 28th

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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, theater artists follow a page-a-minute rubric, in which case ‘Most Dangerous Man’ would continue for over four hours) enraged Ossie Davis at the initial reading (‘Look, you can’t give […]

‘For me, the act of writing is to commit to a kind of hope, to the will to change': Adonis Speaks to <em>The Indian Express</em>

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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 Sédar Senghor, from Senegal, Nicolas Guillan, from Cuba, and Judith Wright, from Australia. With his daughter, Arwad Esber, acting as translator, Adonis spoke to […]