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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

Discussing Byron’s ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ at BBC Radio 4 January 17, 2017: At BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg and his laureled guests–who include Jonathan Bate, Professor of English Literature at the University of Warwick; Jane Stabler, Reader in Romanticism at the [...] by

Talisman Features Special Section on George Quasha January 17, 2017: We’ve been going back and taking a deeper look into the new issue of Talisman (we made mention of Joel Lewis’s essay on Baraka last week), and appreciating the generous portfolio of [...] by

At 100, Henry Morgenthau III Turns to Poetry to Establish His Own Identity January 17, 2017: Morgenthau joins NPR’s Scott Simon to discuss the publication of his first poetry collection, Sunday in Purgatory, which arrives on bookshelves as Morgenthau turns 100. (He began to write [...] by

Measure as a Mediation Between the Personal & the Collective: Alice Notley’s Benediction January 16, 2017: Steve Zultanski wrote about Alice Notley’s Benediction (Letter Machine Editions, 2015) for the Los Angeles Review of Books in December, and the essay is a don’t-miss, as it furthers [...] by

Capturing the Memory of a Fading Homeland Through Poetry January 16, 2017: NPR’s Alice Fordham travels to Cambridge to meet Nineb Lamassu, a researcher who is studying the traditional epic poetry of the Assyrian empire, which spread into what is now Northern Iraq. At [...] by

At the New York Times, Mary Ruefle’s New Wave January 16, 2017: For the New York Times’s Book Review section, Ben Ratliff reads Mary Ruefle’s newest Wave collection, My Private Property, containing “short reports” on subjects ranging from [...] by