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<em>The New York Times</em> Publishes Claudia Rankine’s Profile of Serena Williams

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Claudia Rankine’s New York Times profile of Serena Williams, “The Meaning of Serena Williams,” is a good read for today (and, frankly, every day). In it, she writes: “The word ‘win’ finds its roots in both joy and grace. Serena’s grace comes because she won’t be forced into stillness; she won’t accept those racist projections […]

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 1)

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“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” —Audre Lorde While I am very much a fan of recovery projects, this collaborative endeavor is not that. If, as the curator, I must frame it […]

Remembering Stephen Rodefer: 1940-2015

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Our weekend was a little more gloomy than usual after hearing news that the legendary poet, translator, and teacher, Stephen Rodefer, has died. Rodefer played a significant role in the lives of many (particularly, young-) poets as a brilliant, sirenic, and capricious guide: he taught English and creative writing at the University of New Mexico […]

Machine Project’s Mystery Theater Poetry Online Archives Now Open to the Public

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Followers of Los Angeles’s Machine Project: rejoice! The Los Angeles-based poetry reading venue, sponsored by Anthony McCann, now boasts a digital archive where followers of the space can miss a reading without skipping a beat, courtesy of its digital recording space. Check it all out thanks to Machine Project. As part of a major 2013 […]

Great Conversation With Stephanie Barber at <em>BOMB</em>

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Over at BOMB Magazine, a conversation with Stephanie Barber. “[W]hether she is operating in film or installation or poetry or prose, she constructs worlds that are kinetic, strange, and stunningly beautiful, worlds that are wise and scary, that hit you in the head and in the heart,” says Laura van den Burg. Barber’s latest book, […]

RIP Emma Villazón Richter

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Last week we learned of the passing of Bolivian poet, critic, journalist, researcher and editor Emma Villazón Richter. Several Spanish-language news sources have already posted obituaries and tributes to Villazón, but over the weekend Erín Moure wrote a tribute to Villazón at Our Teeth. Moure writes: Villazón, acclaimed poet and tireless cultural commentator and organizer, […]

Intellectual Goods Are Not Like Shoes: Dolores Dorantes & Ben Ehrenreich in Conversation

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“I still believe that the infinite good that is our work can open doors by itself, without us having to denigrate ourselves or serve as circus animals that the institution can take out for a walk.” That’s Dolores Dorantes in conversation with Ben Ehrenreich at Culture Strike, a network of artists and writers that “seeks […]

Why Do Writers Paint? Musings about Elizabeth Bishop and More at <em>Apollo</em>

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Did you know that Elizabeth Bishop’s paintings adorned the covers of many of her books? True story! At Apollo Magazine, Alice Sprawls considers Bishop’s art practice (even if she didn’t quite consider her paintings “art”), and the intersections between Bishop’s life as a poet and the art world at the time. More: Elizabeth Bishop’s (1911–79) […]

Imagine Zapf: Creator of Approximately 200 Typefaces

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Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier brought to our attention the work of type designer Hermann Zapf. Zapf designed the popular typefaces Palatino and Optima. He died on June 5th and in tribute, the Morgan Library will exhibit one of his biggest calligraphic works: the UN Preamble. More: In his lifetime, German type designer Hermann Zapf created around […]

RIP William Jay Smith

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We’ll leave this week on a sad note, upon hearing of the passing of former poet laureate William Jay Smith. Earlier this week the New York Times made note of the death of the “Poet and Craftsman of Rhythm” at the age of 97. From NYT: William Jay Smith, a former United States poet laureate […]

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[Editor’s Note: As a response to Amy King’s recent post “What Is Literary Activism?,” Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim Kreiner, Joshua Clover, Chris Chen, and Jasper Bernes have offered the following letter.] Dear Harriet, We were pleased to see your forum “What is Literary Activism?,” not least for the useful and persuasive passages to be […]

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges Announced

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This week, CBC Books announced that Adam Sol, Tracy K. Smith, and Alice Oswald have been named the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judges. The prize, which “offers two awards of $65,000 each as well as $10,000 to each poet on the shortlist who performs at the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings, scheduled for June 1 […]

Claire Donato’s <em>Burial,</em> Fawned Over Even

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Claire Donato’s book, Burial (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), is reviewed at Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Judson Hamilton gives us a list. Number one? “The time that must have gone into sculpting this text is staggering and belies its size. It seems to have been lovingly groomed; fawned over even.” And on: 4. You’d do well to avail […]

<em>I Once Met</em> Reviewed at <em>Locus Solus</em>

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Earlier in the week, if you recall, Joe Brainard was on our minds. There must be something in the air, as we find more Brainard to send your way today. At Locus Solus, Andrew Epstein reviews Kent Johnson’s last book I Once Met: A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field, which stands as a sort […]

Heather McHugh’s MacArthur Went to Care for Caregivers

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Wow: In 2009, poet Heather McHugh was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, reports The Daily Kos, “and had no idea what to do with the money.” Upon recognizing that “people who are full-time caregivers truly need a break,” McHugh created a grant-service organization called Caregifted, which offers getaways for those who care for the […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Introduces Chika Sagawa (and Her Translators)

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The New Yorker’s Adrienne Raphel introduces the first full-length, English-language collection of Sagawa’s poetry, translated by Sawako Nakayasu, to readers: The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015) (but of course our informed Harriet readers have been introduced already). In addition to delving into Sagawa’s biography, the article also provides useful context about the […]

<em>Irish Times</em> Revisits Ireland’s Poetry in 1916

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It’s no wonder that Ireland’s rebellion during the Easter Rising was lead, in part, by poets. As Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald writes, “It was in poetry and in song that the rebel, the subversive, the dispossessed, found expression for dreams of nationhood and freedom.” More: Poetry had a long history of living underground in the Gaelic […]

Lev Rubinstein, Romantic Geology, & More at the Worthy <em>continent</em>

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In Issue 4.1 of continent, a journal that appears in/with “low frequency” and presents “text, image, video, sound and new forms of publishing online … as reflections on and challenges to contemporary conditions in politics, media studies, art, film and philosophical thought,” we’re grateful to discover a translation of a “poetic text” by contemporary Russian […]

Broadsides as an Act of Reading

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At The Stranger, the broadsides of Seattle poet Mary Anne Carter are given their due–as in, apparently they do much more than illustrate poems: …Broadsides almost always broadcast a reverence for poetry, and in so doing, they almost always make dimmer some dim corner of someone’s den. Like all art that strains for respectability and […]

At Cuneiform Press, Joe Brainard and Tim Dlugos in Conversation

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Joe Brainard has been on our mind recently, ever since we sent these dazzling poems live in our archive. But really dear reader when is Joe Brainard NOT on your mind? Satisfy your Brainard craving and head to Cuneiform Press today to read an interview from 1977 with Brainard and Tim Dlugos from Dennis Cooper’s […]