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2017 National Translation Award Longlists Announced

Each year we’re exited to find out which poets and translators will be honored by American Literary Translators Association with their annual translation award. Today, ALTA has released their longlist for the awards in poetry and fiction. From ALTA: The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the longlists for the 2017 National […]

Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2017 Poetry List

We know summer has only just begun, but it never hurts to look forward to the fall poetry season. From the vantage of Publishers Weekly, this fall looks particularly strong. Alex Crowley lays out their top 10, which we’ll list below, and then we’ll let you follow up with the full listing at PW. Top […]

NY Post Heralds NYC’s John Giorno Explosion

A festival of art, writing, and performance by John Giorno has taken hold of the city of New York. “Ugo Rondinone: I ? John Giorno” began on June 21 at sites across the city, and as New York Post’s Barbara Hoffman writes, “Giorno radiates the serenity of someone who’s seen it all. He probably has.” […]

Albert Mobilio Turns Pages of the Art Part of an Artist’s Book

Albert Mobilio writes about the artist’s book and the current show Off the Shelf: Modern and Contemporary Artists’ Books at the Baltimore Museum of Art for the Paris Review Daily. “The extensive range of artists and writers includes, among many others, Grace Hartigan, Picasso, Frank O’Hara, Ed Ruscha, Kandinsky, Susan Howe, Mayakovsky, Barbara Kruger, Robert […]

Shaun Miller Interviews James Galvin at LARB

An iconic poet of the American West, James Galvin is in the spotlight at Los Angeles Review of Books. The author of eight poetry collections, Galvin joins Shaun Miller to discuss his history, subjects, and process. “Through his portrayal of the natural landscapes and agricultural lives of the Wyoming-Colorado border region, his poetry offers the […]

Charles Halton Introduces Enheduanna, ‘World’s First Poet’

Haven’t heard of the woman believed to be the first poet? You’re not the only one, writes Charles Halton. She isn’t discussed in MFA workshops, nor is she a steadfast member of the poetry canon. And yet, and yet, she fascinates readers and scholars alike in a myriad of ways. “Enheduanna was born more than […]

At Chicago Review: Kristin Dykstra on Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016)

Kristin Dykstra remembers Cuban poet Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016) for Chicago Review. “After death the poems hold their ground in an aesthetic awareness of home, one marked with speci?cs of life in Cuba, where Juan Carlos Flores lived in a public housing community that rose out of the ground in a way that could only […]

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Curtal Sonnet

16 hours agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

I should be able to share some recent challenge winners soon, but there’s no reason we can’t jump into the next WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the curtal sonnet! Find the rules for writing curtal sonnets here. Just when you think it’s safe to assume all sonnets have 14 lines along comes the curtal sonnet. Show More Summary

This Lonely Century: Barrett White Interviews SOd Press at Fanzine

At Fanzine, poet Barrett White contributes the transcript from his recent discussion with Australian publishing influencers SOd Press (a.k.a. aj carruthers and Amelia Dale). “I was immediately compelled by the strangeness of the work I found on their site,” White writes. “Neo-Dadaesque asemic and collage work. Glitch art and childlike sketches bordering on Art Brut. […]

NEA Announces Additional 2017 Grants to Benefit U.S. Arts Organizations

Although the revered national organization has been under threat of extinction since the dawn of Trump’s presidency, the NEA announced a second round of 1,195 awards, totaling $84.06 million, to benefit arts organizations throughout the United States. In her statement announcing the awards, NEA chairman Jane Chu states, “The American people are recognized for their […]

Terrance Hayes Named New Poetry Editor of The New York Times

Terrance Hayes has been named the new poetry editor of the New York Times. Hayes will be stepping into the role after Matthew Zapruder’s tenure as Times editor is officially over this month. “Mr. Hayes, 45, the weekly publication’s third poetry editor, will choose poems and write brief introductions for them. He begins his role […]

Philip Guston, Painter Among Poets

Hyperallergic’s Cara Ober visits the latest Philip Guston exhibition, at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, which positions the great painter alongside poets who inspired his work. Ober begins by looking at Guston’s fall from grace, after his 1970 show where he first exhibited paintings from his return to figuration. Ober writes: What more can be […]

Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

But I say it’s fine. Honest, I do. And I’d like to be a bad woman too, And wear the stockings of night black lace. And strut down the street with paint on my face. —“song in the front yard,” from A Street in Bronzeville What always amazes me about this poem, from Gwendolyn Brooks’s […]

Sherman Alexie Discusses His New Memoir on Fresh Air

Sherman Alexie was on NPR’s Fresh Air this week talking about his new memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Alexie told Terri Gross that “there was more going on in Native American literature in 1991 than there is now.” More highlights from the interview: On the book’s title, taken from the Dusty […]

Harmony Holiday Releases Gospel Mix for Hollywood Forever

Harmony Holiday’s new book, Hollywood Forever (Fence, 2017), is more than a print object. Case in point: her new read-along mix, The Gospel According to Citizens of a Strange Land. Holiday’s description is as compelling as you’d imagine: Taking you along on the quest for music to dance to as I turn my book Hollywood […]

Paul Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky’s Literary Executor, Has Died

In other modernism-related news, we’re saddened to learn that Paul Zukofsky, the son of poet Louis Zukofsky and his literary executor, has died at the age of 73. In addition to his involvement with scholarly research related to his father’s poetic legacy, Paul Zukofsky was also a noted violinist who debuted at Carnegie Hall at […]

Philadelphia: American Modernism’s Center?

A conference at the University of Pennsylvania this week says “yes.” According to the 27th Ezra Pound International Conference, which takes place at the university and is entitled, “Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius and Modern American Poetry,” Philadelphia is the spot where Ezra Pound’s influence on American letters truly began. The conference is organized by David […]

A New Selected Outlines Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Importance for Contemporary Readers

She was one of the first literary examples of “the new woman” and now a new Selected with works by the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay sheds light on important details about the life experiences that got her there. At Literary Matters, Caitlin Doyle explains: “With the release of this new selected poems edition, Holly […]

The Song Of You

Even when the things they sing aren’t kind, remember that someone is still singing for you.

How Poetry & Music Brought One Family Together

At the Guardian, Cyrus Shahrad shares the story of how a creative collaboration with his Iranian father, Bahram, brought them closer together. Cyrus, a musician, invited his father to read Persian poetry over his latest composition, and in the process learned more about both his father and his family’s cultural heritage. “It’s hard to exaggerate […]

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