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Harry Ransom Center Receives Government Grant to Digitize Archives of PEN International & English PEN

Poetry News

Publishers Weekly reports that the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $195,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a two-year project to organize, digitize and open the archives of PEN International and English PEN. Dubbed “Writers Without Borders,” the project will convert some […]

The Caring Writing of C.D. Wright

Poetry News

The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All by C.D. Wright was published only a week after her sudden passing, notes Sean Pears in a review of the essay collection for Fanzine this week. “I cannot […]

Hannah Drake Sparks Hope in Smoketown

Poetry News

Louisville poet Hannah Drake is taking on predatory signage in the historically black neighborhood of Smoketown one billboard at a time. Driving through the region with WFPL reporter Ashlie Stevens, she points to intersections throughout the neighborhood with layers of signs advertising “We buy houses — cash fast!” and “Cigarettes here!” As Stevens rightly points […]

Perceptual Expressions of the Known: Hoa Nguyen on Fred Wah

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The next couple of posts will be devoted to the work of former Parliamantery Poet Laureate of Canada Fred Wah, who lives in the unceded Coastal Salish territories, otherwise known as Vancouver, B.C. Fred’s poetry was the Earth I fled to in the mid-90s, a frenetic period of discovery and unlearning for my young poet […]

The History & Reissue of Constance DeJong’s <em>Modern Love</em>

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“Written between 1975-1977 from the heart of New York City’s art world, Constance DeJong’s Modern Love is a forgotten classic of narrative prose innovation,” writes Chris Kraus. If you don’t know this work, you soon shall (or should soon shall), for its 30th anniversary of publication brings with it a performance by Constance DeJong at […]

Congratulations to 2017 Freedom Plow Recipient, Christopher Soto (aka Loma)

Poetry News

As they do every other year, Split This Rock is awarding the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism. This year’s recipient is Christopher Soto (who also goes by Loma). He’s the author of Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), a founding editor of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and […]

Trending, Thanks to the Poetry Coalition: #WeComeFromEverything

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The “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration” project–engined by a national Poetry Coalition that comprises over 25 poetry organizations (including us!)–is resonating in unexpected ways, writes Elizabeth Flock for PBS NewsHour, “with hundreds writing in and tens of thousands reading the poems online.” More: Among the more interesting efforts came from the Wick […]

‘I became very certain of what kind of poet I wanted to be’: <em>The Rumpus</em> Interviews Safiya Sinclair

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Laura Cresté’s Rumpus interview with award-winning poet Safiya Sinclair is a must-read. Cresté and Sinclair crossed paths while undergraduates at Bennington College, and perhaps it was this bond that cemented the ideal foundation for their incredible conversation which is complex, candid, and informative. Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner […]

Anselm Berrigan Interview at <em>Sonora Review</em>

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Interviews are abounding! Next on our radar is Anselm Berrigan talking to Gabe Dozal for Sonora Review. They move from De Kooning to Joanne Kyger (“[s]he just made the wire be part of the room”); to poetic statements, intentions, and rectangle poems; to imitations of Jim Brodey; the NBA; and much more. An excerpt: GD: […]

‘Miami inmates are…’ Writing Poetry

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O, Miami’s View-Through is an opportunity for Miami-Dade County state correctional facility residents to have their voices heard. The project invites users to enter one of six poems written by local inmates into Google, in order to change what autofills after the phrase “Miami inmates are…” According to Miami New Times reporter Hannah Sentenac, “The […]

Best Translated Book Award Longlist Announced

Poetry News

Posted yesterday at The Millions are the longlists in fiction and poetry for the Best Translated Book Award. Given annually to the tune of $5,000 for each winning translator and author in fiction and poetry, this year’s lists feature a stunning array of titles, as they always do. A little about the award: Listed below […]

Inspiration Is Everywhere: Sharon Mesmer Talks to Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle

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Well, happy Tuesday: Sharon Mesmer is interviewed by Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle at Hyperallergic. So if you haven’t heard the term “Flarf” bandied about in a while, get ready. “I believe that all that witchy work was the main practice that opened my nadis [network of yogic energy channels] to Flarf,” says the poet, writer, and professor. […]

A Second Look at Second Books at <em>LARB</em>

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Lisa Russ Spaar has been focusing her Los Angeles Review of Books articles on second collections of poetry for half a decade now. In this most recent article at LARB, she examines second works by Melissa Range and Rosanna Warren. But first, Spaar revisits her very first article for the LARB series, which makes an […]

Claudia Rankine & Nathaniel Mackey Honored by the Library of Congress

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Yesterday the Library of Congress announced Claudia Rankine and Nathaniel Mackey will be honored with the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry: Rankine for her groundbreaking 2014 book Citizen: An American Lyric, and Mackey for lifetime achievement. A little about the award and awardees: The 2016 prize—the 14th to be given—is awarded for the most distinguished […]

Suzanne Buffam Interviewed at <em>The Rumpus</em>

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Suzanne Buffam–author of, most recently, A Pillow Book (Canarium Books, 2016)–is interviewed at The Rumpus. “Here in the post-election fog,” writes Alice Roche Cody, “Buffam discusses through email her fascination with pillows, new and ancient; sleep remedies that don’t work; and the worries that now occupy her mind and keep her from a good night’s […]

The Work of the Young Authors of YALDA, Digitized

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This just in: The formidable YALDA (Young Artists Language & Devotion Alliance) program–founded and run solely by poet and educator Farnoosh Fathi to support young women writers–has deepened its online footstep by way of digitizing the first four YALDA chapbooks in their entirety for an online archive. “These chapbooks are free to read and share […]

How to Live: Words From Adrienne Rich, on the Fifth Anniversary of Her Death

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of poet Adrienne Rich’s death. Rich, a writer whose words many readers and writers followed throughout her life, has graciously imbued literature with words on the page that will live on, long after her death. At Literary Hub, Emily Temple shares a few memorable statements. But first, a little […]

Dan Chiasson Remembers Bill Knott: ‘an obscure but equally intriguing figure’

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At the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson remembers the poet Bill Knott, who passed away in 2014. Farrar, Straus & Giroux recently published a selection of Knott’s poetry, I Am Flying Into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014, edited by Thomas Lux. In this profile, Chiasson remembers Knott’s “anti-career of guerrilla mischief, waged on the margins.” He writes: […]

Singing ‘An American Sunrise’

From Poetry Magazine

Joy Harjo recently sent us this recording of her poem “An American Sunrise,” which was published in the February 2017 issue of Poetry. The last word of each line in the poem comes from Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool,” (first published in Poetry in September 1959). Here Joy Harjo describes how the track came to […]

Garrett Caples Remembers Joanne Kyger

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Like many of you, we’re still saddened by the loss of Joanne Kyger, who died last week at the age of 82. At the City Lights blog, Garrett Caples, who served as the editor for Kyger’s 2015 volume On Time: Poems 2005-2014, writes about his experience working with her and knowing her humor and many […]