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Walking & Talking With Amaranth Borsuk & Andy Fitch

Poetry News

Despite what’s most visible, Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch do much more than look adorable for BOMB Daily: They walk “along the Poudre River [in Colorado] amid scattered showers,” and talk about the process of making their new book, As We Know (Boulder: Subito 2014), which Borsuk describes as “[a] book that attempts to intervene […]

Lost Letter That Inspired ‘On the Road': FOUND!

Poetry News

Wow! Breaking news! NPR reports that a long-lost letter Neal Cassady wrote to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has been re-discovered! The eighteen-page letter, written by Neal Cassady and sent to Jack Kerouac, tells the story of a wild and crazy weekend spent with a one Joan Anderson. Founding editor of the Beat […]

Entropy Brings All the Presses Together

Poetry News

The “entire Entropy community” starts off the best-of-the-year lists sure to come with their own Best of 2014: Presses, Magazines, Publishers & Journals. “This list brings together some of the best small presses, publishers, magazines, and literary journals of 2014. This doesn’t mean necessarily those that were founded or started in 2014, just those we […]

Allan Kornblum, Coffee House Press Founder, Passes Away at the Age of 65

Poetry News

Allan Kornblum, the founder of Coffee House Press, passed away this weekend due to complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia: he was 65. As the founder of Coffee House Press, Kornblum believed in writing’s ability to effect social change; as a writer and editor, Kornblum’s successor at Coffee House Press, Chris Fischbach, writes “he championed new […]

‘Our Almost Instinct Almost True': Clive James Reviews a Philip Larkin Biography at <em>NYT</em>

Poetry News

At the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Clive James unlocks a new biography of the acclaimed British poet, Philip Larkin. The new biography by James Booth, underscores why Larkin’s writing still matters, despite his somewhat controversial personal life. James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin is not very exciting, perhaps because Booth has the […]

Change Begins in Art: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Amazing NBA Acceptance Speech

Poetry News

We’d be remiss if we didn’t highly recommend the speech from Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards, video of which is now online (see below). Le Guin, who was honored at the ceremony with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, invoked in her acceptance the Amazon/Hachette pricing war (recently given […]

Cole Heinowitz Writes a Signal Piece on Ammiel Alcalay

Poetry News

At Boston Review, Cole Heinowitz writes about poet, novelist, translator, scholar, professor, activist, editor, and “signal force of cultural recovery” Ammiel Alcalay. While his work on Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, “a cooperative project he directs that publishes little-known texts by central figures of the New American Poetry,” is an articulation of […]

It’s Allen Tate!

Poetry News

Remarkably, Allen Tate is referenced in a total of nineteen “Writers at Work” interviews, published by The Paris Review. However, he missed the opportunity to speak for himself, as the subject of his own. Thankfully everyone (Robert Giroux, Robert Lowell, Robert Bly, and a few more) had really nice things to say about him and […]

Very Scary: <em>The Paris Review Daily</em> Unlocks Secrets to Two American Book Ceremonies

Poetry News

For those who are still asking the five journalistic questions about the 2014 National Book Awards, The Paris Review Daily invites readers who have some bravery, to hop on a magical mystery tour of book award ceremonies past and present. View, the American Book Awards and the National Book Awards: IN THE EIGHTIES. The early […]

Save <em>The Capilano Review</em>!

Poetry News

The Capilano Review needs your help! This incredible magazine has just lost its funding from Capilano University in Canada. If you’re like us, returning over and over to read Lisa Robertson’s “The Cabins” or finding yourself perusing the George Stanley issue on a weekend, you’ll feel the worry. But the show must go on: Help […]

Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Luis J. Rodriguez, Visits KPCC Radio

Poetry News

This September, Luis J. Rodriguez became Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles. Now, after first discovering his love for books at Los Angeles’s Downtown Central Library years ago, Rodriguez plans to lead a series of public workshops and events about poetry at the city library. More from KPCC. Los Angeles is a city […]

Louise Glück Wins 2014 National Book Award in Poetry

Poetry News

The winners are in! It was a tight race across the board in the poetry category, what with five exceptional finalists, but this year’s National Book Award goes to Louise Glück for Faithful and Virtuous Night. In an interview at the National Book Foundation site, Sandra Lim talks to Glück about her winning book. About […]

Searching for Dylan Thomas

Poetry News

At The Atlantic, James Parker re-accesses Dylan Thomas’s legacy, starting at Thomas’s deathbed at St. Vincent’s and further back to Thomas’s multi-city, rock-and-roll style reading tour, then to Parker’s experience reading Dylan Thomas’s poetry today. “Poetry is dead!” cried John Berryman, emerging in distraction from the Manhattan hospital room that Dylan Thomas had just exited […]

At VIDA: Morgan Parker on Performing & Refusing the Token

Poetry News

“Poet, educator, human” Morgan Parker slays at VIDA, making the site a must-go-to, as always. Parker’s piece is tagged with, to name a few: exoticism, Ferguson, gangsta, gender, isolation, literature, loneliness, micro-aggression, Miley, Oreo cookie, poem, poetry, publishing, racism. Morever, “White People Love Me: Dispatches From The Token” serves to “[spit] out the token.” “I […]

Tonight’s National Book Awards Belong to Claudia Rankine?

Poetry News

At The Guardian, writer Michelle Dean argues that the Golden Globe of literary awards–that being, of course, the National Book Award–could very well go to Claudia Rankine for her already-acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press 2014). It’s a tight race, though, with Fanny Howe, Fred Moten, Louise Glück, and Maureen McLane all in the […]

At <em>Jacket 2</em> Sarah Dowling Talks Multilingualism

Poetry News

“Modernists and Feminists,” Sarah Dowling’s newest post at Jacket 2, traces the connections between modernism, empire, literary experimentation, and multilingualism. Multilingualism has long been a key characteristic, even a central tenet of literary experimentation. So maybe it seems a bit weird that after all these commentaries I still haven’t found anything to say about the […]

Clear the Runway: John Ashbery’s <em>Collected French Translations</em> Land

Poetry News

This weekend The Guardian directed our attention to a new collection of John Ashbery’s French translations entitled Collected French Translations: Poetry. It’s a deceptively modest title given the scope and breadth of Ashbery’s exquisite translation efforts. In a 1956 letter to Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery wrote: “I hate all modern French poetry, except for Raymond […]

New Museum’s 2015 Triennial to Publish Book of Poetry

Poetry News

In conjunction with its 2015 Triennial, called “Surround Audience,” the New Museum has announced its plans to publish a poetry book alongside the exhibition, edited by the writer Brian Droitcour. The over 70 contributors make an actual array, being “60% women, 60% non-white, 65% residing outside the United States,” says Droitcour about The Animated Reader. […]

<em>Brooklyn Magazine</em> Talks to Four Brooklyn Small Presses

Poetry News

Brooklyn Magazine presents four small presses that deserve your attention! While writer Nicole Disser acknowledges standbys like Ugly Duckling Presse and newcomers like Molasses Books, the focus here is in-depth conversation with “a pack of small-time publishers who are putting out some seriously innovative and beautiful objects while still managing to back first books, weird […]

<em>Thousand Times Broken</em>: Gillian Conoley on the Works of Henri Michaux

Open Door

Henri Michaux (1899–1984) was a Belgian writer and artist (later a French citizen) of startling originality. Associated with the surrealists, he charted an independent path into the unknown, travelling widely across the globe as well as deeply into the interior of his mind. During an eleven-year period, he augmented his interior travels with the use […]