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<em>Poets & Writers</em> Visits Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor of Graywolf Press

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At Poets and Writers, spend a moment in conversation with Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press. The press, which PW writes “has been taking chances on new work often overlooked by editors in New York—and reaping big rewards” turns forty this year. From PW: Let’s start with a little about Graywolf. Do you think [...]

At <em>BOMB:</em> John Ashbery Joins Adam Fitzgerald for Conversation

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John Ashbery joins Adam Fitzgerald for a conversation published at BOMB that focuses on Ashbery’s time in Paris. Beginning with the foundation of Art and Literature their conversation moves between Ashbery’s Fulbright in Montpellier, life with James Schuyler in a sixth floor walk-up on 49th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and translating his diary [...]

Sylvia Plath’s Birthday and a Look at the Intended Arrangement of <em>Ariel</em>

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“Winter is for women,” wrote Sylvia Plath, who would have been 82 years old this week (the 27th to be exact). In honor of the occasion, a piece at The Atlantic revisits Ariel, with a close eye on the posthumous poetry collection’s original intent: bees? It’s more complicated, actually. “Plath…never could have anticipated that becoming [...]

Now on Video: Eileen Myles’s Keynote Address From Symposium on the Work of Alice Notley

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The three-day, much-anticipated Alette in Oakland: A Symposium on the Work of Alice Notley, organized by the good folks at The Bay Area Public School, concluded this past weekend. We were there in spirit. But now in video-flesh: Eileen Myles’s keynote address! With an introduction from Brandon Brown! We hear the event was a huge [...]

Galway Kinnell Dies at 87

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The New York Time reports today on the passing of Galway Kinnell at the age of 87. According to his wife, Barbara K. Bristol, the cause of death was leukemia. Kinnell was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for his Selected Poems, published in 1980. Daniel Lewis writes: Mr. Kinnell came [...]

A Look into the Life of Richard Blanco

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At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Major Jackson reviews Richard Blanco’s memoir The Prince of Los Cocuyos : A Miami Childhood. You’ll of course recall that the accomplished poet was thrust into the celebrity spotlight last year when he was tapped by President Obama to recite a poem during his second inauguration. Since then, [...]

The New York Public Library Fêtes the Fortieth Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s <em>For Colored Girls</em>

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The New York Public Library is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work, For Colored Girls Who Dream of Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, from now until January 2015. The NYPL’s celebration (at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery) features twenty art pieces commissioned to honor each poem in [...]

Rest in Peace, Ronald William Loewinsohn (1937-2014)

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The Berkeley Daily Planet reports that Beat Poet and UC Berkeley Professor, Ronald Loewinsohn, passed away on October 14th. Born in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation in WWII, Loewinsohn’s family relocated to San Francisco around 1945. His first collection of poems, Watermelons, featured an introduction by Allen Ginsberg and a prefatory letter by William [...]

Merced County Library to Welcome Juan Felipe Herrera

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The Merced County Library will welcome California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on November 10th in the county library’s Little Theatre, 2100 O St. in Merced. The first thirty-five families to register for the event will also receive a copy of Herrera’s children’s book, Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which tells the stories of twenty [...]

Harriet Monroe Reads!

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We’re very grateful to Chris Mustazza and Al Filreis at PennSound for posting this series of recordings of Harriet Monroe, founder of Poetry magazine, and from whom this wee blog’s name is derived. The recordings were made in 1932 but were never released to the public for reasons unknown. Here’s a little more the recordings [...]

Marianne Boruch’s <em>Cadaver, Speak</em> Comes Alive at Purdue University

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Marianne Boruch’s newest collection of poetry is inspired by her time in a medical school anatomy class during a Faculty Fellowship in a Second Discipline in 2008 at Purdue University, where she has taught in the English Department since 1987. This Thursday, she will join poetry and medical students at Purdue to release her eighth [...]

John Yau on the Very Necessary Selected Prose of Christopher Middleton

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John Yau writes about the unique strangeness and beauty of Christopher Middleton’s prose for Hyperallergic. After writing “Why I Am a Member of the Christopher Middleton Fan Club” (The Brooklyn Rail, October 2010), [Yau] stated the need for “a selected prose that brings together all the different kinds of writing he has done.” That comes [...]

Beyond Conventional Translation: Anne-Marie Albiach’s New Collected Poems

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Charles Bernstein writes on Jacket2 of Anne-Marie Albiach’s collected poems, Cinq le Choeur (1966-2012), just published by Poésie/Flammarion. “This magnificent 600-page collection of one of the signal achievements of postwar French poetry, includes an afterword by Isabelle Garron and cover by Claude Royet-Journoud.” Bernstein talks about a translation he published of Albiach’s “Travail Vertical et [...]

‘The Soul of His Poetry is Here’: Wales Celebrates Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

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Today is Dylan Thomas’s centenary: the 100th year of his birth. In Wales (and at The New York Times), Thomas’s granddaughter, Hannah Ellis (president of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain), Gillian Clarke (the national poet of Wales), Bob Stevens (the mayor of Laugharne, where Thomas spent summers as a kid), and Carl Thornton [...]

Amtrak Writer-in-Residence’s Tips for Awesome Rail Travel

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Since we’ve been following the start of the #AmtrakResidency program, you’ll be pleased to know that the very first writer in residence has completed his trip. In this case, that’s Bill Willingham, a longtime comic book artist and soon-to-be novelist. Willingham’s update, published at Jacket Copy, proves that a wonderful time is certainly in-store for [...]

Open Press

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I am going to talk about Open Press, a two-day literary festival that took place in Los Angeles this past October 11 & 12. Let me be clear: in no way do I speak on behalf of any Los Angeles community of writers, even though Los Angeles is where I live and work and have [...]

Friends Lasky & Fitzgerald on Cassavetes, <em>ROME</em>, the I in Motion, More at <em>GRANTA</em>

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Good gravy: Dorothea Lasky and Adam Fitzgerald are in conversation at GRANTA! “Like I want to ask you: what’s your favourite Cassavetes film? But maybe I’ll ask that another time.” (We’d go with Opening Night.) (Oh, so does Dottie: “OK, Capricorn, first, in case you were wondering, my favourite Cassavetes film is Opening Night. And [...]

The Ballast of an Interview With the Beating Heart of a Poem

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Jennifer Krasinski talks to Claudia La Rocco about poetry, performance, criticism, and more at BOMB Daily. We’ve been reading La Rocco’s new book, The Best Most Useless Dress, just out from Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited and with an introduction from poet Elizabeth Robinson (that cover is so tight) (writing is tops as well). La Rocco, [...]

Jennifer Moxley Remembers Helena Bennett

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Jennifer Moxley has a new website, and much of the content there already feels like an extension of her memoir writing in The Middle Room. Just up is a beautiful piece on the writer Helena Bennett, Moxley’s first “poetry friend” and former wife of poet Bill Luoma (who writes about her in his great book [...]

‘When you use a <em>you’</em>: Dorothea Lasky and the Poetics of Drake

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Dorothea Lasky, the Village Voice’s favorite poet, has a favorite poet of her own. And that poet is none other than rap superstar Drake. Yes, 27 year old Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham. At the Huffington Post, Lasky explains why: Drake is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me, Drake [...]