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Shout Out to Abayomi Animashaun April 28, 2010: The growing body of critically-acclaimed Nigerian authors on the American bookshelves (think Chris Abani, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Uwem Akpan) have given incredible insights into the history and [...] by

Shout Out to J. Michael Martínez April 28, 2010: Some trivia: In 1981, Alberto Ríos won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. This first-book prize was established in 1975 and has launched the careers of many notable writers, [...] by

Shout Out to Nicole Cooley April 25, 2010: Will it be five years already? And yet the wounds of Hurricane Katrina have not healed completely. The ruins are still visible and people remain displaced, grim reminders of a natural phenomenon that [...] by

Margaret Walker (1915-1998) April 22, 2010: A retraction (with thanks to fellow Harriet blogger and colleague on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, Stephen Burt for pointing this out). I stand corrected regarding an earlier comment [...] by

Inspired Choice! April 21, 2010: Though the change has already been made on his Wikipedia Page (okay…), it was news to me when I received the press release this afternoon from Yale University Press that Carl Phillips has been [...] by

Shout Out to Ken Chen April 21, 2010: Selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, Ken Chen’s debut, Juvenilia, engages the notion of artistic expression as process of maturation: the speaker reaches to the memory of his youth (the [...] by

Shout Out to Allison Joseph April 19, 2010: Published by Steel Toe Books, My Father’s Kites is Allison Joseph’s seventh collection. The title and haunting image on the cover telegraph the rite of passage (the death of a parent) that [...] by

Shout Out to Neil de la Flor April 19, 2010: Winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, Almost Dorothy is a queer debut, to say the least. Like Dorothy in the land of Oz, the figure who inhabits much of this book is dreaming up a world of [...] by

The Shout-Outs Cometh April 15, 2010: It’s the middle of Poetry Month, so I think we’re obligated to send some love to the poets and their books. This was always one of my favorite posts when I did Harriet back in the day: it’s not [...] by

Empty Theaters Not Yet Swept April 13, 2010: I remember running into a review copy of Robin Robertson’s Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame a few years back and R.O.F.L.M.A.O. It was a hilarious read–poets and [...] by