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Harmony Holiday Explores Black Polymaths, Specters, & Allusions in <em>Hollywood Forever</em>

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Harmony Holiday’s third poetry collection, Hollywood Forever, “is scored in the minor key of black history,” Laura Goode writes at Los Angeles Review of Books. Holiday collages midcentury imagery from Jet and Ebony alongside the era’s headlines (as well as some, contemporary) in order to add a new layer to the movie industry’s star city. […]

A Playlist for <em>Poetry</em>’s March 2017 Issue

From Poetry Magazine

For our March 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Raymond Antrobus to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about his approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. The selection I made here is based on the sound and movement of the poems in the March 2017 […]

RIP Derek Walcott, 1930-2017

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We awoke today to discover poet and playwright Derek Walcott has died. He was 87. Walcott was a towering figure in world literature, taking home almost every conceivable honor that might be bestowed upon a poet, including the Nobel Prize in 1992. The Guardian’s Richard Lea writes: The poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who moulded […]

Ishion Hutchinson Takes Home National Book Critics Circle Award

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Last night at the New School in New York, the National Book Critics Circle honored Ishion Hutchinson with the 2016 award for House of Lords and Commons, which won out over an impressive list of nominees, including Robert Pinsky, Tyehimba Jess, Monica Youn, and Bernadette Mayer. From the NBCCA site: Ishion Hutchinson was awarded the […]

Suzi F. Garcia & Carmen Gimenez Smith Talk Latinix Identity Through Slam, Performance, <em>Chiflada</em>, More

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Letras Latinas and CantoMundo are two of 22 organizations that make up the Poetry Coalition, and they’re in the midst of a new series called “Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration,” which will include “essays, creative non-fiction, micro reviews and dialogues between writers.” You may recall their previous conversation with Marcelo Hernández Castillo, […]

Conversations With 2016 NBCC Finalists on Awards Ceremony Eve

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Tonight in New York City, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony will be held at The New School! Finalists in Poetry include Robert Pinsky, Tyehimba Jess, Ishion Hutchinson, Monica Youn, and Bernadette Mayer. To gear up for the big event, New School MFA students have interviewed each nominee. We’re loving Hillary Ferguson’s conversation […]

Support for the National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities Has Never Been More Vital

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President Trump’s first federal budget plan proposes eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For the past fifty years, the NEA and NEH have served as vital resources for American artists, educators, and communities. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and NEH Chairman William D. Adams delivered statements […]

Kevin Young Will Lead <em>The New Yorker’s</em> Poetry Section

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Yesterday, The New Yorker announced that this fall the magazine’s poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, will pass the torch to poet Kevin Young, who currently serves as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muldoon has served as the section’s editor for the past ten years. Of interest to readers of these pages: […]

Reading List: March 2017

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the March 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Samuel Ace At the beginning of December, putting aside my aversion to ever placing my feet on German soil, I boarded a plane to Frankfurt to help care for a […]

How the Value of Political Poetry Is Shaped in Dissonance

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Cynthia Cruz has penned an essay for VIDA Web on the evolution of “political poetry” over these past months since Trump’s election, noting a rejection from Wave Books years ago that stated the press “does not publish ‘political’ poetry.” Her central question now: “Why is ‘political’ poetry only important and necessary when it begins to […]

<em>NYT’</em>s Tejal Rao Visits CT Restaurant With Feminist Roots

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It was a favorite of feminist authors Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich. This year, Connecticut vegetarian restaurant Bloodroot celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark the special occasion, co-owners Ms. Selma Miriam and Ms. Noel Furie are planning a series of extravagant dinners from March to mid-April, in collaboration with vegetarian chefs throughout the region. “This […]

‘Beautiful and Devastating’: Dwight Garner Reviews Molly McCully Brown’s Poetry Debut

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Molly McCully Brown’s debut collection of poetry, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, invites readers into the alarming history of an actual place, a state-funded residential hospital that hosted guests from 1910 through the mid-1950s. Brown grew up near the site. Her fascination with the hospital was sparked during drives past as she […]

Elementary School Student Interviews Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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We don’t want to miss this one–Lawrence Ferlinghetti was interviewed by an elementary school student late last month–so here you go. Originally published by The New Yick Times, the newspaper edited by elementary school students at San Francisco’s Yick Wo Elementary School, this gem has been reprinted by the City Lights blog. “What is your […]

Autumn Und Heil

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Nov 9 Work all the time—manic depression but learn to use yourself: when up, drive in—when down assume the clerk–there’s plenty of room for both. —William Carlos Williams In your transit journal, write about how Lin Manuel Miranda’s affirming, inventive, and soaring Hamilton—your young family’s de facto soundtrack since SL’s birth three years ago—registers flatly […]

Most Influential Culture-Makers in Brooklyn Include Gregory Pardlo, Nicole Sealey, & More

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While we know Brooklyn is not the center of the universe, Brooklyn Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” is always a fun time. The list for 2017 includes a Books & Media section, which names poets Camille Rankine, Tina Chang, and Gregory Pardlo; and new Cave Canem director Nicole Sealey. An excerpt from […]

Rest in Power, Mari Evans (1919–2017)

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IndyStar reports that Indianapolis poet Mari Evans has died at the age of 93. Evans was an influential figure throughout the state of Indiana, ever since the Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s. Last year, the community honored her with a mural in the city’s downtown, painted by Michael “Alkemi” Jordan. From IndyStar: […]

Emily Yoon Awarded UChicago Offen Poetry Prize

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Word crept up from Hyde Park to 61 West Superior Street today that Emily Yoon was selected by Roger Reeves as the recipient of the 2017 Offen Poetry Prize, which is award by University of Chicago’s Program in Poetry and Poetics. Yoon is a PhD candidate at U of C in East Asian Languages and […]

TC Tolbert Named Tucson Poet Laureate

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At a ceremony on Friday, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild of Tucson named TC Tolbert the city’s newest poet laureate. The announcement dovetailed with the Tucson Festival of Books, which took place on Saturday and Sunday. U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera was in attendance for the festival of books and joined Rothschild and Tolbert at the […]

Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

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The Lammy finalists are in! And this year Lambda Literary features an impressive list of books in the Lesbian Poetry, Gay Poetry, and Transgender Poetry categories. A little about the organization, award, and this year’s ceremony: Lambda Literary, the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 29th […]

Boris Groys Considers the Democratic Art of Performer, Poet, Artist Dmitri Prigov

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Boris Groys writes for the March issue of e-flux journal about the “self-sculpturization” of Russian artist and Conceptualist poet Dmitri Prigov (1940–2007): “If Prigov’s performances had been filmed in the 1970s they would be regarded today as belonging to the domain of contemporary visual art,” writes Groys. And “[i]ncreasingly, all the images that Prigov produced […]