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At LA Weekly, Jessica Langlois considers “how the national conversation on race, equity and inclusion in the media was reflected at the nation’s largest writerly gathering”–that’s right, AWP. Langlois made the rounds, from the book fair to the Claudia Rankine keynote, to a reading of Voices of Our Nation, or VONA, a summer workshop series […]

Amber Tamblyn with Hannah Gamble Redux

From Poetry Magazine

When: Thursday, Mar 17, 7:00PM Where: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago In mid-March, Amber Tamblyn visited Poetry Foundation for a reading followed by conversation with fellow poet Hannah Gamble. Herewith is audio from the reading and Q&A, with a nod to Poetry’s April 2016 issue, featuring a short essay by Meredith Walker, former […]

The Obsessions Remain: A Review of Rosmarie Waldrop’s Selected Poems, <em>Gap Gardening</em>

Poetry News

Eric Dean Wilson writes about Gap Gardening, a new selected poems by Rosmarie Waldrop, for Music & Literature. “This volume, edited by Nikolai Duffy alongside the poet herself, offers selections from each of Waldrop’s seventeen collections of poetry, plus a verse section of her ‘novel,’ A Form / Of Taking / It All.” Much of […]

Darkness—Translation—Migration

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Don Mee Choi, Lucas de Lima, Jen Hofer, John Keene and Cecilia Vicuña. These are the writers I invited to participate, to write essays, to write their lives and dreams and ideas and poems and nightmares and bursts of beauty and love. Cecilia Vicuña got the conversation started for us in something she said during […]

Mallarmé! Mallarmé! Everywhere We Turn!

Poetry News

If it seems you’re unable to turn a poetry-corner these days without running into Stéphane Mallarmé, you’re not alone. In recent years we’ve seen the publication of numerous new translations and re-imaginings of M. Mallarmé, from innovative approaches to printing his final poem, “Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard,” to translating said poem […]

<em>The New Republic</em> Examines Unpublished Letters of Adrienne Rich

Poetry News

At the New Republic, Michelle Dean looks closely at some never-published letters of Adrienne Rich and Hayden Carruth, while trying to make sense of the poet’s feminist beliefs and how they “fit with other women writers and critics of her generation.” A transformation in Rich occurred, writes Dean, in the years following her husband’s suicide […]

A Report on Claudia Rankine’s Spellbinding AWP Keynote Address

Poetry News

In her AWP 2016 keynote address, it is reported and rumored both that Claudia Rankine held the fort completely rapt. As Boris Kachka writes for Vulture, “[h]er stated topic was ‘what keeps us uncomfortable in each other’s presence’ at the book fair, or, more specifically, what she sees as persistent racial tokenism in MFA workshops.” […]

What is ‘make a living’?

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“Would you be up for discussing a time you made money from poetry?” Timothy Yu’s answer to my question, the first in a series of complicated and generous responses, troubles both terms. How does money figure in an economy where publishing is a break-even venture at best? How does one come to and claim the […]

It’s Okay If You Didn’t Go to AWP

Poetry News

Really, it’s no biggie. But if you need to get over that last hurdle of FOMO, look no further than writer Viet Thanh Nguyen’s essay for Jacket Copy, written last week as more than 12,000 writers and publishers descended upon Los Angeles. After all, Nguyen wondered, in a world where writers are compelled to attend […]

A Visit to Kevin Young’s Home Office

Poetry News

The New York Times’s “A Writer’s Room” series opens the doors to readers’ favorite living authors’ “toolsheds.” What work environments do contemporary writers prefer? This latest installment of the series hightails it to Atlanta to visit Kevin Young in his studio. In Kevin Young’s words: When I’m in full-on writing mode, and have the day, […]

An Unknown Length of Rope: Or, How to Survive in Water if You Are Made of Paint

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In “An Unknown Length of Rope: Or, How to Survive in Water if you are Made of Paint,” Divya Victor unsettles the relationship between black and brown bodies and the historical representations of them. I love all of what she does here, but I’m most excited by this animating idea that poetry can be a […]

Ben Lerner on the Haunting, Quiet Keith Waldrop

Poetry News

Ben Lerner writes about “A Major Poet of Quiet” for Paris Review Daily. Who Might That Be? It’s Keith Waldrop! “His accomplishment is difficult to describe because his work refuses, in Bartleby-like fashion, the twin traps of impassivity and affectation: ‘On my one hand, / stasis – on the / other, striving for effect.’ ” […]

David Morley Wins Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

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“David Morley, an ecologist who studied the impact of acid rain in the Lake District, has won the Ted Hughes award for New Work in Poetry,” reports the Independent. Morley’s £5,000 acknowledgement is specifically for his poetry collection The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems (Cacarnet). Morley’s subjects range from Romani tales and political allegory to poetry […]

National Poetry Month Special: Download Our April 2016 Issue for Free, Plus ‘The View From Here’ Videos

From Poetry Magazine

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re happy to offer you, dear readers, a free download of the April 2016 issue of Poetry magazine. It’s available in our iTunes app or as a PDF for your other devices. The April 2016 issue features a portfolio of poets associated with Split This Rock, a national organization that […]

<em>L.A. Times</em> Profiles Juan Felipe Herrera Prior to Robert Kirsch Award Ceremony

Poetry News

On April 9, The Los Angeles Times will present Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, with the 2015 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. In anticipation of the ceremony, Alex Espinosa talks with Herrera about his literary journey. When he was young, Juan Felipe Herrera wanted to be a public speaker. “I […]

National Poetry Month on <em>Harriet</em>, Brought to You by Dawn Lundy Martin, Daniel Borzutzky, Stephanie Young, & Brandon Shimoda

Poetry News

This year for National Poetry Month we’ve decided to try something different. Starting on Monday and running through April, the blog will be guest-edited by four past Harriet contributors: Dawn Lundy Martin, Daniel Borzutzky, Stephanie Young, and Brandon Shimoda. The editors have selected five poets who will each write a single post, and one post […]

Looking at M. NourbeSe Philip’s Archival Gestures

Poetry News

At Boston Review, Carina del Valle Schorske’s “They Want that New New World” reflects on the work of M. NourbeSe Philip, particularly the book She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, which came out from Wesleyan last year (originally published in 1989), with a new forward by Evie Shockley. “This moment in the history […]

<em>Electric Lit’</em>s Guide to AWP’s Can’t-Miss Events

Poetry News

If you’re in Los Angeles for AWP, chances are you’re currently chilling in your shared hotel room, pondering how IRL it all is–or maybe you’re at brunch with your “fam”! Or maybe you’re wandering through the flourescents ISO *the best tote.* But if you’re like, what do I do where shall I go there are […]

Anthony Madrid’s Eclectic Golden Treasury

Poetry News

If you haven’t been keeping up with Anthony Madrid’s guest commentaries at Jacket2 (wherein he posts “more or less exotic items” every Monday and Thursday, and has been since January), you can do it all at once with this one, a veritable Table of Contents; or “Twenty-six items from Special Collections, Exhibits ‘A’–‘Z’: Complete list.” […]

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month in Los Angeles?

Poetry News

The Los Angeles Times’s Patt Morrison takes the query to the city’s poet laureate, Luis J. Rodríguez, to find out his tips for a month of sweet verse. That T.S. Eliot bit about April as the cruelest month? Forget it. Even though it’s one rare line of poetry that millions recognize, for American poets, at […]