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How to Celebrate National Poetry Month in Los Angeles?

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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 […]

<em>Bustle</em> Spotlights Nine Essential Latino/a Poets

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No better time to diversify your reading list than National Poetry Month. C.E. Miller’s newest at Bustle proposes a nice medley of mainstream and avant-garde writers from all over the world, including Gabriela Mistral, Norah Lange, and Jimmy Santiago Baca. Más: With National Poetry Month (aka: April) just around the corner, the time of year […]

Finalists Announced for 2016 Firecracker Awards for Independent Literary Publishing

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The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (known to family and friends as CLMP) has announced the shortlists for the 2016 Firecracker Awards for Independent Literary Publishing in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Literary Magazine Publishing! Check out all of the finalists, titles, and details on the awards right here. As for us, we’d like to […]

2015 Newly Expanded VIDA Count Is In

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The 2015 VIDA Count is in. “Nearly 700 (50%) of approximately 1,400 writers responded to the survey during a three-month period (January through March 2016),” writes Amy King. The count is newly expanded this year, to include an Intersectional Survey, a Women of Color (WOC) VIDA Count, a Disability VIDA Count, a Trans Women VIDA […]

The Poetics of Flint: Teen Poets Create Detailed Portraits of Flint Through Verse

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On PBS NewsHour Corinne Segal visits Raise It Up!, a youth arts organization in Flint, Michigan where five teen poets discuss the ways that poetry is helping them to express nuanced portraits of daily life in Flint. At a low point in the summer of 2013, Flint student Razjea Bridges turned to poetry. “I kind […]

AWP Access for Members With Disabilities

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Inside Higher Ed reports that conflict has surfaced over equal access as AWP 2016 launches: several panel proposals exploring disability studies and writing have been rejected by the organization, and many are questioning the conference’s commitment to creating accessible environments for all conference attendees. The nation’s largest association of writing programs, responding to criticism from […]

Cole Heinowitz Discusses New Translation of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro

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Paul Murufas interviews Cole Heinowitz about translating Mario Santiago Papasquiaro! Commune Editions has released a new collection of Mario Santiago’s poetry, Beauty is Our Spirtual Guernica (download it for free here); and Heinowitz has previously translated Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic (Wave Books, 2013). Basically, let’s read it all. “Santiago […]

Preserving Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Birthplace

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According to Bangor Daily News, the Rockland Historical Society in Maine recently purchased the house where Edna St. Vincent Millay was born. The group plans to renovate the property in order to create a museum devoted to the study of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s life and a gathering place for living writers. ROCKLAND, Maine — […]

PBS NewsHour Introduces Fatemeh Shams’s <em>When They Broke Down The Door</em>

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Translated by Dick Davis, Fatemeh Shams’s collection When They Broke Down The Door explores the intersections of the personal and political via Shams’s experiences as a post-revolution Iranian in London. More at PBS: Fatemeh Shams and Dick Davis have never met in person. She is a young Iranian poet living in London, a voice of […]

From the Calabash

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The blue teacup does not want to be silent about where it came from. You know how things are. Do not give up on curiosity. Put your hands in for a new fable; for new hair. Musing about the work force is the premise behind the trapeze. Ahead of suasions, bitterness proves to be cubical. […]

Stanley Moss Tells <em>The Forward</em> a Lot of Great Things

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Ninety-year-old poet and editor Stanley Moss spoke with The Forward’s Jake Marmer about Sheep Meadow Press and the tensions between the roles of poet and publisher; Pasolini’s dislike of vegetables; Moss’s new book, It’s About Time (Carcanet, 2016); and impatience (word to the wise–“I think I wasted time with ecstatic, unhappy love affairs”). A brief […]

<em>NY Times</em> Follows First Folio to Its South Dakota Debut

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Prompted by the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a flock of William Shakespeare’s First Folios on a nationwide tour called First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. The New York Times’s Jennifer Shuessler visits the tour on a stop in Vermillion, South Dakota where Shakespeare-fever has swept town. VERMILLION, […]

<em>The Rumpus</em> Contends With the Lives of POC Writers in Connection to the Complicated South

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The Rumpus is all about conversations. And now, The Conversation. Founded by Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace, The Conversation is an interview-and-poetry series “rooted in carving out space for Black Americans to contend with their Blackness [and] its infinite permutations in the South. Central to The Conversation is documenting contemporary POC relationships to the American […]

<em>Guardian</em> Introduces <em>The New Greek Poetry</em>

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At the Guardian Katie Van Dyck, editor of forthcoming Penguin anthology Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, discusses the ways migration, poverty, and conflict are changing Greek poetry. One of the biggest changes, according to Van Dyck, is that there is more, everywhere, and that there are more varieties of it. More via the Guardian: […]

Kristen Gallagher’s ‘3 Pieces That Are at Least 85% Accurate’

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A little happy something left over from last week . . . here may we present “3 PIECES THAT ARE AT LEAST 85% ACCURATE,” by Kristen Gallagher, published at Fanzine. Yes we may. Or at least 15% of it. The water company said most home sewer systems are “open,” meaning that at some point between […]

RIP Jim Harrison

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Over the weekend we were saddened by the news of the death of poet and novelist Jim Harrison at the age of 78. The New York Times reports: Jim Harrison, whose lust for life — and sometimes just plain lust — roared into print in a vast, celebrated body of fiction, poetry and essays that […]

Camille Rankine Interviewed for <em>Interview Magazine</em>

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Wow: Camille Rankine is interviewed at Interview Magazine! Rankine (no relation to Claudia) “dives into the ocean, city, and memory, through webs of lineage and isolation to deliver poems as symptoms, still lives, letters, and instructions.” Her first book, Incorrect Merciful Impulses (Copper Canyon Press), came out late last year. Sarah Herrington spoke with Rankine […]

Just in Time for National Poetry Month, <em>O</em> Magazine to Publish Bill Murray’s Favorite Poetry

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Yes, that’s right. O Magazine’s April issue hits newsstands imminently and with it comes a special feature curated by comedian and actor Bill Murray. Murray, who has been a poetry admirer for quite some time, and is also a supporter of NYC’s Poets House, presents a few of his favorite poems in the issue by […]

The Case of the Headless Bard

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Did an 18th century doctor rob poor William Shakespeare of his noggin? Perhaps, reports Christopher D. Shea at the New York Times. As it turns out, recent scans of the Bard’s grave show something to be rotten in the state of Stratford-upon-Avon. From the top: “Curst be he that moves my bones” reads part of […]

On CAConrad’s Anger at <em>Hyperallergic</em>

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For Hyperallergic Emma Eisenberg reviews New Zealand filmmakers Belinda Schmid and David Welch’s new film about CAConrad, The Book of Conrad. From the top: Anger tends to live in familiar tones and images. But in The Book of Conrad, a documentary profiling the life and creative practice of poet CAConrad, we see anger anew: as […]