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The Self as Mulitple: John Beer’s Essay on the Political Lyric Gathers Nathaniel Mackey, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Buzzeo, Tyehimba Jess January 19, 2017: Quite an essay in Spoon River Review: John Beer writes about the political lyric as he finds it in Blue Fasa, by Nathaniel Mackey; Ban en Banlieu, by Bhanu Kapil; The Devastation, by Melissa Buzzeo; [...] by

Whitman on the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration January 19, 2017: Leslie Lawrence of WBUR (Boston) weighs in on a few choice reading materials in preparation for Trump’s inauguration to the White House. In today’s commentary, “If Trump Won’t [...] by

PEN Translation & PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalists Announced January 19, 2017: The PEN/Jean Stein Book Award–with a tremendous $75,000 purse–has announced its 2017 finalists, and among them is Tyehimba Jess’s Olio (Wave Books)! The new PEN/Jean Stein Book [...] by

Elizabeth Alexander Recalls Her Day at Obama’s First Inauguration January 19, 2017: Elizabeth Alexander reminisces for the New Yorker about her day as inaugural poet. “This is a story about eight years ago this week,” she writes. “President-elect Barack Obama had [...] by

LARB Pairs Poetry by Robert Pinsky & Tess Taylor January 19, 2017: For her series “Second Acts,” Lisa Russ Spaar pairs second books by Robert Pinsky (An Explanation of America, 1979) and Tess Taylor (Work & Days, 2016), which address the vexing [...] by

For Many, ‘Writing is Really a Form of Democracy’ January 18, 2017: As Marilyn Annucci, a participant in Madison Writers Resist, explains to The Cap Times: “Writing is really a form of democracy[…] It takes love and attention. It’s a process.” As with [...] by

Open Letter From a Poet to the Alarmist Org Behind the Professor Watchlist January 18, 2017: An open letter from Portland-based poet Derek Mong to the right-wing Turning Point USA, organizers of the Professor Watchlist, “a catalogue of instructors who ‘advance a radical [...] by

TIME: Poets ‘Find Solace in Verse’ on Eve of Trump’s Inauguration January 18, 2017: On the eve of Donald Trump’s election to the White House, poets around the nation are organizing poetry slams, readings, and events, to resist the incoming administration and inspire protest. [...] by

Announcing the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists January 17, 2017: National Book Critics Circle has announced their 30 finalists in six categories–autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–for the outstanding books of 2016. The awards [...] by

Monica Youn, Writers, Protest Trump Administration January 17, 2017: Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour shares his conversation with poet Monica Youn on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration this week. Youn, who is “not used to responding to particular current [...] by