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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 […]

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 […]

‘balls have zero to me to me…’: AI’s Non-Human Language

Last week we reported on a Facebook AI experiment, wherein bots who were programmed to engage in negotiations began to develop their own language. Yesterday at the Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance follows up with a look at what this language actually looks like. We’ll start with a brief recap on the experiment and then take a […]

Dorothy Parker Lives On

The witty poetry, prose, and fiction writer Dorothy Parker died 50 years ago this month, the Guardian’s John Dugdale explains. In a recent article, Dugdale outlines Parker’s importance and sets the record straight on a few oft-cited, inaccurate details. “A bestselling poet who moved on to fiction, Dorothy Parker, who died 50 years ago this […]

Divedapper Interviews Nick Flynn

Kaveh Akbar is at it again! This time he hosts poet and prose writer Nick Flynn at his popular web journal, Divedapper. Flynn and Akbar share a struggle in common: both grappled with addiction and are currently in recovery. Akbar explains, “we’re both people…who are interested in writing about addiction, and your work is a […]

Chasing Ms. Brooks

My initial encounter with Ms. Brooks occurred year two of an eight-year bid in a medium/max facility at Roxbury Correctional Center, Housing Unit III, C-Tier, Cell 17 in Hagerstown, Maryland, by way of a library cart. Up until this juncture in the stagnant day-to-day life of incarceration, I mostly read books like Convicted in the […]

You’ve Got It All Wrong: Matthew Zapruder on Teaching Poetry

At PBS NewsHour, Elizabeth Flock reveals to readers an important detail about Matthew Zapruder, a little-known secret which he divulges to the readers of his new book, Why Poetry. Zapruder, the author of previous ruminations including Come On All You Ghosts explains, “I don’t really understand poetry.” “The book is part personal, part explanatory and […]

Vertical Reality: Wawa Interviewed at Apogee

Muriel Leung talks to Wawa (aka Lo Mei Wa) about her poem “?????????/Rooftop Nation of Victoria Harbour,” which was published in Apogee Issue 09. The conversation begins by setting the scene during the Umbrella Movement protests that took place in Hong Kong from September to December of 2014. Wawa describes her role as a protester […]

Star Tribune Greets First Mall of America Writer in Residence

Minnesota’s Star Tribune visited the “studio” of poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, the Mall of America’s first Writer in Residence. Sonia-Wallace, who served his first term for a few days last week, brought his Olivetti Lettera typewriter for the occasion. Tribune’s Miguel Otárola describes the scene like so: “somewhere between the giant Lego models and the Nickelodeon […]

Bob Dylan Faces Plagiarism Accusations…Again

Uh oh… Ben Sisario of the New York Times is following up on Slate’s Tuesday claim that Bob Dylan plagiarized sections of his Nobel lecture. To be honest, as Sisario notes, this isn’t the first time. Even fellow folk-singer Joni Mitchell has called Dylan’s bluff before. “Perhaps it was just a matter of time,” he […]

At The Guardian, Hollie McNish Refuses to Be Cornered

The Guardian’s Alice O’Keeffe profiles Ted Hughes Prize recipient Hollie McNish, who, despite her critical acclaim, is still skeptical of the judging process. In conversation with O’Keeffe, McNish downplays the honor, acknowledging the award is “not for the quality of the writing” but rather “because of where the poetry has gone.” McNish received the Poetry […]

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