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A Poet Laureate for Massachusetts?

Poetry News

Massachusetts is actually one of the few states in the U.S. that doesn’t already have a system in place for appointing a state-wide poet laureate. However, according to the Boston Globe, this could all change… Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath. Some of the country’s most admired poets have come from Massachusetts, […]

‘I Have a Right to be Angry:’ #BlackPoetsSpeakOut at <em>Mashable</em>

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Black poets are speaking out! In response to the killing of unarmed African-American men like 18- year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year, poets from the esteemed African-American literary arts organization, Cave Canem, are making their voices heard on the web. From Mashable: “I am a black poet who will not remain silent […]

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Book Culture’s Small Press Spotlight interviews the editors of Projective Industries, Kate McIntyre, Stephanie Anderson, and Karen Lepri. And while “projective” might recall Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse,” McIntyre says that “the idea that the press is itself about launching (projects or projectiles, take your pick) and about futurity, rather than stasis, is important to me.” […]

In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Inferno

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           At the end of daybreak. . . Beat it, I said to him, you cop, you lousy pig, beat it,            Aimé Cesairé, from “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land”            (tr. Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith) The Necropastoral is a strange meetingplace for the poet and death, or for the dead to meet the […]

At PBS: Rankine on the Violent Deaths of Black Men

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Last week, on the heels of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, PBS News Hour posted a video of Claudia Rankine reading from Citizen on the violent deaths of black men. They’ve also included another video collaboration from Rankine and her husband John Lucas (we linked to one the other week). Rankine says the piece […]

Poetry That Stays By Your Side

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It’s not easy to be a touring slam poet when you’re still in school. Dejanique “Daisy” Armstrong joined a youth poetry collective in Stockton, CA while struggling through adolescence spent in and out of homeless shelters. After participating in local and national slam competitions, she won the opportunity to travel on a two-week poetry tour. […]

Amy Berkowitz Has a Promising Idea for a Series of Paintings

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In a new post for VIDA’s Reports from the Field, poet and publisher Amy Berkowitz’s “Paintings I Won’t Paint” addresses some oft-topical subjects, to her own chagrin: rape and poetry. Berkowitz’s impressive non-painting in the form of an Op Ed: Here is a painting: Two women sit at a bar, bird’s-eye view. Each one has […]

Nashville Teens Have Got What It Takes to be the Next Youth Poet Laureate!

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Yes that’s right! This Saturday, three students from Nashville High Schools will compete for the title of Youth Poet Laureate of the City of Nashville. Go get ‘em Cassidy Martin, Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, and Lemuel Robertson! More from The Tennessean: War, abuse and stereotypes. Those are the topics of the poems by the three high school […]

Ready for a Powerful Poetry Reading?

From Poetry Magazine

Live from Room 8201 at the Miami Book Fair International comes this galvanizing reading with Nathaniel Mackey, and the 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows (from left to right): Hannah Gamble, Wendy Xu, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, and Ocean Vuong. You can find more poems by these talented fellows in our December […]

Our Favorite Annual Document of Performance Practice Is Here: <em>Emergency INDEX Volume 3</em>!

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Time to order your performance bible! Emergency INDEX: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Vol. 3, is out! And if you order before December 15, this gift of life is available for $10 off the cover price (go to the site for the discount code). Once again, Ugly Duckling Presse has published an impressive compendium […]

RIP Claudia Emerson

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Today ends on a sad note. Earlier this morning we heard via social media that poet and teacher Claudia Emerson had died, and the news was confirmed with this obituary from the Times Dispatch of Richmond: Claudia Emerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate of Virginia, has died from complications associated with cancer. She was […]

Sarah Dowling Discusses Multilingualism in the Workshop at <em>Jacket 2</em>

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At Jacket 2 Sarah Dowling proposes more conversation about languages within creative writing workshops: “I try to take an expanded and expansive approach to language: I want the students to think about the different languages and different kinds of language that they use every day, and to think about how any of these might take […]

Are We Ready for PJ Harvey?

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PJ Harvey’s first poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, is set for publication October 2015. Written in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy (who also collaborated with Eliza Griswald on Poetry’s Landays portfolio) the book documents their travels around the world over the last three years. Seamus Murphy and PJ Harvey previously collaborated […]

Adjuncts Speak Out: Stephanie Young, David Buuck, and Christian Nagler in Conversation

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At the end of summer, I went back to school and sat down with three Bay Area Adjunct Writing Instructors (*and poets!) who are leading the charge locally toward better working conditions for adjuncts and better learning conditions for students as part of “Adjunct Action: Bay Area.” This is part of a nationwide movement called […]

Asian American Writers’ Workshop Presents Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant-Garde of One

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If you are in New York this week, don’t miss one of the most comprehensive programs–and one of the few in the last decade–to examine the work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Belladonna, and Ugly Duckling Presse, and part of AAWW’s awesome Counterculturalists program (“Not your safe space, […]

Connecting to <em>Ten: The New Wave</em>

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Sabotage Reviews features Ten: The New Wave, edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf, a second anthology resulting from the UK development program The Complete Works. “A poetry anthology titled Ten the New Wave may need a bit of a context for those not familiar with the trends of British poetry publishing and the lack of representation […]

Newly Digitized James Weldon Johnson Recordings? Yes, Please!

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This afternoon is the perfect time to put on headphones and listen to some newly digitized recordings of James Weldon Johnson reading his poetry, courtesy of PennSound, and with many thanks to life-saving digitizer Chris Mustazza. Mustazza provides some background on the provenance of the Johnson recordings: These recordings of James Weldon Johnson were made […]

Announcing the 2014 NEA Fellowships in Poetry

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The NEA Awards have been announced! This year’s $25,000 grants in Poetry go to: Sean Hill Fairbanks, AK Lynn Xu Laguna Niguel, CA Brandon Brown Oakland, CA Javier Zamora San Rafael, CA Ellen Bass Santa Cruz, CA Eleni Sikelianos Boulder, CO Carolina Ebeid Denver, CO Eliot Khalil Wilson Golden, CO Sandra Beasley Washington, DC Kerry […]

Ladies Reading Books by Ladies? Ladies Say Yes!

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Christian Science Monitor and Goodreads report that after comprehensive study, the verdict is in: men prefer to read books by men, women prefer to read books by women. More at CSM: First there was the news that male writers enjoy disproportionate representation in the literary world, both as reviewers and as reviewed. Then we learned […]

CAConrad’s Sexiest Poetry Award Goes to Six New Titles

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CAConrad has announced the annual SEXIEST POETRY AWARD! This year’s honor goes to six books, instead of one title. They are more than deserving. “The six titles below are books that will always be in my life now, books that shake me awake each time I read them,” writes Conrad. Click titles for details. Dawn […]