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IamA Claudia Rankine

Poetry News

Right now if you head over to Reddit you can ask Claudia Rankine, well, anything! That’s right, any and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the author of the recently published Citizen: An American Lyric, longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award. Here’s a sample to get you started, then head over here to [...]

¡Vamos A Los Angeles!

Poetry News

This weekend (!!!) a plethora of small presses with converge on the city of Los Angeles and together they will merge into the Open Press Literary Festival. The two day event features experimental works and publishers ranging from Gauss PDF to Insert Blanc Press to ypolita, and Entropy, and more. Check it out! Part book [...]

Cole Swensen Finds a Way to Robert Walser

Poetry News

Over at Pen America, an excerpt of Cole Swensen’s On Walking On, which “takes [Robert] Walser’s novel, The Walk, and the person himself, Swiss born writer Robert Walser (b. 1878-1956), as its staging point.” Guest editor Robert Fernandez writes: Swensen remarks that, for Walser, to begin a walk was to start out ‘Among a room [...]

Chinese Poets Threatened with Prison Sentences for Defending Hong Kong Protestors

Poetry News

On October 2nd in Beijing’s Songzhuang art district, Wang Zang, a Chinese poet, planned to speak at a poetry reading in support of protestors in Hong Kong. Chinese police forced his plans to change when they arrested him and seven others including journalists on their way to the event. From The Washington Post: BEIJING — [...]

Diane di Prima’s <em>The Poetry Deal</em> Is First Collection in Decades

Poetry News

Well this is NEWS: City Lights announces a new book from Diane di Prima! “This collection marks the first time in decades that legendary feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima has released a full-length book of poetry. Her last collection with City Lights was Revolutionary Letters, published in 1971.” Last year, we helped promote, with [...]

Between Popular and Literary: Remembering Edgar Allan Poe 165 Years After his Death

Poetry News

Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe was best known, in his lifetime, as an editor and critic whose cuttingly harsh reviews earned him the nickname “Tomahawk Man?” Or that his on-going feud with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the 1840s came to be called “The Longfellow War?” From David Ulin’s sagacious remembrance at LA Times: [...]

Celebrating Mark Strand at the New School

Poetry News

Calling all New Yorkers! The New School will be hosting a tribute to Mark Strand tomorrow, October 9th, to celebrate his 80th birthday. The the event features a powerhouse lineup of poets. From the New School website: Please join us as we celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary poet Mark Strand. Readings and words of [...]

Outcast Nevermore! Boston’s New Edgar Allan Poe Statue Salutes Hometown Hero

Poetry News

It’s a good time to be Edgar Allan Poe, even if you are in the afterlife. On the 165th anniversary of his death, the city of Boston, Edgar Allan Poe’s hometown, unveiled a new statue honoring the legendary American author and poet. Pretty scary! Read all the gory details at Jacket Copy! More than 150 [...]

Natalie Lyalin’s Relentless <em>Blood Makes Me Faint But I Go For It</em>

Poetry News

Natalie Lyalin’s second collection of poems, Blood Makes Me Faint But I Go For It (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014), has been reviewed at Los Angeles Review! Alyse Bensel writes that the work “amasses a steady stream of exclamations and observations that coalesce into familial loss, an overarching specter of continuous labor and remembrance.” And: The [...]

Jane Freilicher’s New Show Transfigures the Everyday

Poetry News

At Hyperallergic, Tim Keane writes about the current Jane Freilicher show up at Tibor de Nagy, Jane Freilicher: Prints and Works on Paper. It’s the first time all four of the New York artist’s new lithographs have been presented together. “Following last year’s much larger retrospective in the same space, which focused on Freilicher’s long [...]

Garrett Caples in Conversation with Patrick James Dunagan, Brian Lucas, and Micah Ballard at <em>Bookslut</em>

Poetry News

Hey Chicago, speaking of lectures at the Poetry Foundation… Garrett Caples, poet and author of newly published collection of essays, Retrievals, published by Wave, is giving a talk on Surrealism on November 6th! In the meantime, Chicagoans, you may look forward to this event of the future by retrieving the past with Caples, Dunagan, Lucas, [...]

Timothy Donnelly and Lucy Ives Deliver Lectures This Week

Poetry News

It’s a special week in our fall season of events with back-to-back nights of lectures. On Wednesday we’re thrilled to host Timothy Donnelly who will deliver one of his Bagley Wright Lectures, titled “Meaningfulness and Homesickness.” If you recall, Donnelly contributed to Harriet’s 2013 celebration of National Poetry Month. You’re welcome to reacquaint yourself with [...]

Japanese Bookstore Invites Customers to an In-Store Sleepover Party

Poetry News

A sleepover party at a bookstore??? Yes please! From the Wall Street Journal: If you are a book lover in Japan who has always dreamed of spending an entire night at a bookstore, here is your chance to make that dream come true. Japanese bookstore chain Junkudo will keep its doors open throughout the night [...]

Angel Spirit Presences Rejoice! Flying Object’s 4-Year Anniversary is Here!

Poetry News

Almost! Almost! On October 11th Flying Object will celebrate four years of magical presence in the state of Massachusetts by hosting a benefit raffle to keep the magic object flying. Flying Object is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to support writers, artists, musicians, and publishers both locally and nationwide. Their project space also hosts [...]

Split This Rock Joins PEN American Center to Protest United States’s Refusal of Entry to Amjad Nasser

Poetry News

Remember when we told you about Department of Homeland Security officers at Heathrow Airport denying the British-Jordanian poet, Amjad Nasser, the right to travel into the United States to deliver a lecture at New York University? Well, our friends at Split This Rock and PEN American Center wrote a letter to the Secretary of Homeland [...]

The Red Squirrels at Coole

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Frances Leviston’s “Trimmings” appears in the October 2014 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] I write this guest piece shortly after learning that the poem of mine accepted by Poetry will appear, not [...]

<em>HTMLGiant</em> to Shut Down on October 24

Poetry News

HTMLGiant is set to close on October 24! Sometimes you just gotta call it a day? Co-founder Gene Morgan writes: Blake Butler and I started this place because we wanted a hub for all of the writing we love, all of the people we enjoy reading, and to do it with a certain openness that [...]

Mercedes Eng Introduces <em>Jacket 2</em> to the Life and Legacy of Bud Osborn

Poetry News

Bud Osborn was a poet and a social justice activist in Vancouver until his death earlier this year. At Jacket 2, Mercedes Eng considers the ways in which Vancouver’s conflicts appear in the writings of poets like Bud Osborn, who call Vancouver home. Bud Osborn was a poet and social justice activist much beloved in [...]

Busboys and Poets Award Presented to Martín Espada

Poetry News

Last month Martín Espada received the Busboys and Poets Award, given in recognition of a poet’s achievements and as a way to pay tribute to Langston Hughes (who worked as a busboy before making it big). The award was presented at the Fall for the Book festival based at George Mason University. Yesterday, we were [...]

Gina Myers Brings the Big-Picture at <em>MFA Day Job</em>

Poetry News

Is there life after MFA? Gina Myers thinks so! The well-versed author of A Model Year and Hold It Down (2009 & 2013, Coconut Books) holds it down at MFA Day Job: in this interview she walks readers through her resume and explains why it’s important to have a job that doesn’t come home with [...]