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Archipelago Hosts Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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Archipelago Books will honor Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o at its upcoming ten-year anniversary. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a writer of novels, plays, journalism, essays: his contributions to African literature are far-reaching into the realms of many genres of African literature, including poetry. From Archipelago Books: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, [...]

NEA Announces Fellows for 2015 Literary Translation

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The NEA has announced their 2015 Literature Translation Fellows! Literary translators undertake the challenging task of bringing the authors who are renowned in their own countries to a new audience, exposing readers to global experiences, deep insights, as well as surprise connections. Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced its latest efforts to support [...]

Janice Lee Picks Winners of Best Reviews for Critical Hit Awards

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Electric Literature illuminates the thought and work behind the CRITICAL HIT AWARDS! This year, guest judge Janice Lee of HTMLGIANT and Entropy has chosen for the winners: Vanessa Place on Seascape by Heimrad Bäcker for The Constant Critic, Hannah Manshel on i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together by Mira Gonzalez [...]

Hey Buddy: Read the Fine Print

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This just in from Galley Cat: readers comprehend more when they read books on paper, than they do when they read books in digital formats. Galley Cat’s well-read conclusions are from a study by researchers at the Reading Centre at The University of Stavanger, in Norway. The researchers worked with a group of tenth graders [...]

Accepting the Dirt: ire’ne lara silva in Conversation with Natalia Treviño

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At Letras Latinas, ye old blog for Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, the editors have employed the interviewing expertise of ire’ne lara silva in a new series they’re calling Nefelibata: Interviews with Latina Writers. Up first in the series is a conversation with Natalia Treviño about her latest book Lavando la Dirty Laundry. We’ll [...]

The Huckster

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If the world sorts into Stones and Beatles people, I’m Kinks. Where the Stones had sex and swagger, and the Beatles structure and strings, the Kinks were a more ambiguous outfit whose pull I find harder to account for. Andy Miller gets at the underdog appeal that’s always drawn me to the band in his [...]

The Whole Earth: Andrew Durbin on the Poetry of Etel Adnan

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This week at the New Inquiry Andrew Durbin discusses the poetry of Etel Adnan, whose two volume reader, To look at the sea is to become what one is, was published this spring by Nightboat books. Durbin begins his discussion by considering Stewart Brand’s 1966 petition to NASA “to release a then-rumored image it had [...]

<em>Fanzine</em> Infiltrates <em>The Garden:</em> Ed Steck and Paul Cunningham in Conversation

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Whoa, hey there buddy! Whatever you’re doing right now, stop that and read this: it’s Ed Steck and Paul Cunningham’s conversation about writing, disappearances, borders, Eden, holograms, and more, now live at Fanzine and it will totally rock your world! PC: [...] Why are you writing, Ed? Why did you write The Garden? ES: [...] [...]

<em>Entropy’</em>s Sage Advice for Winning the Yale Younger Prize

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Entropy has some good advice for those interested in the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. Well all right! Thomas Cook says, among other things: 3. Do submit your manuscript in 1920, 1921, 1922, or 1923.3 4. Be a man.4 5. Change your name to John.5 6. If you don’t like the name John, consider [...]

‘Words Called Up to Answer Image’: At <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em> B.K. Fischer Invokes Louise Bourgeois

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Magnifique! B.K. Fischer writes all things Bourgeois including her many literary admirers at a most recent installment of LARB. We love both Fischer’s incisive commentary on Bourgeois’s art and choice inclusion of threads belletristic throughout. IT’S HARD NOT to love an artist who can craft a bronze phallus, exhibit it on a meat hook, then [...]

‘Pour la beauté du geste’ / Leos Carax, Poet of the Cinema

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At the Frieze blog, Tom von Logue Newth wrote, in 2012, about one of our favorite directors, and “real assumed” “poet of the cinema,” Leos Carax. There are not many poets left in the cinema. Perhaps the poet is always something of a throwback, a reminder of former glories. ‘Now I feel I make films [...]

Belladonna’s August Ideal + Contribute to Celebratory Folio for <em>Theory, A Sunday</em>!

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Just the other weekday, we were waxing most positive about Theory, A Sunday–now’s your chance to respond. If you haven’t seen this already: Lemounhound is asking for 300-800 words on the way this work may have affected you. An important call, so we thought we’d note it. Submit! More info below: In celebration of Quebec’s [...]

Academy of American Poets Makes Education a Priority With New Honorary Position

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Just announced: A new honorary position has been established at The Academy of American Poets! Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer has joined the organization as its first Educator in Residence. “This honorary position reflects the Academy’s long-standing commitment to supporting K-12 teachers and encouraging young people to engage with the art of poetry,” they write. More [...]

A Most Substantial Loot: Holland Cotter Reviews <em>Not Nothing</em> at <em>New York Times</em>

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He’s taking over! Site of Ray Johnson’s most recent habitation? Why, it’s the New York Times dear hearts, where Holland Cotter has these kindnesses to say about the recently published Ray Johnson phantasmagoria, Not Nothing (Siglio Press, 2014): Born in working-class Detroit in 1927, he was turning out elaborately illustrated letters to friends even in [...]

More Than a Fetish Object: The Open Book Project

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A good piece is up at The Atlantic on diminishing the binary between print and digital–it raises important poets for us book-lusters: What about the possible impulse to romanticize physical books just for sentimental, nostalgic reasons? “According to Marx,” Atzmon says, “fetishized objects seduce people into vesting them with a spirit and a will, what [...]

Boris Pasternak: ‘Poems Are Unimportant’

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There’s an interesting piece on Boris Pasternak’s literary fame and misfortune over at Bookforum. Steven G. Kellman is here reviewing The Zhivago Affair, co-authored by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée, “a riveting account of how Doctor Zhivago came to be written, released, revered, and reviled.” But Pasternak was a leading poet before the novel changed [...]

Qasida

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I have trouble thinking about form in poetry. From a wide view, it makes rough sense—a poem has a different form than a novel, Western than Rom-Com, opera than pop song. But that’s genre, not form, isn’t it? Same at the level of the page. I can see the difference between short, skinny lines and [...]

Kevin Killian Interviewed at <em>HTMLGIANT</em>

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At HTMLGIANT, Matt L. Rohrer talks to Kevin Killian about his new book from Wonder, Tweaky Village! Chosen by Macgregor Card for the first-annual Wonder Poetry Prize, Tweaky Village is “a wild and ranging collection of poems/narratives that deal with the author’s response to free-market capitalism, the constraints of the English language, the repetitious nature [...]

Searing Analyses: Marianne Morris’s <em>The On All Said Things Moratorium</em>

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Hooray: Eleanor Perry reviewed Marianne Morris’s The On All Said Things Moratorium (Enitharmon Books 2014) for The Shearsman Review. We carry this book around with us, so we’re glad to see it writ up. Perry gets to the point: “Readers who like their meanings lucid and easily accessible may find many of these poems deliberately [...]

Poet Laureates Come to Life in Edinburgh Exhibition

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In tandem with the Edinburgh Art Festival, a new exhibition brings the lives of poets laureate past and present to light at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, where poets’ laureate personal ephemera and correspondences with royalty are on display. The show, “Poetry for the Palace: Poets Laureate from Dryden to Duffy” takes a [...]