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Los Angeles Times Visits Teen Poet Vanessa Tahay

LA Times reporter Esmeralda Bermudez writes about young Los Angeles poet Vanessa Tahay, who has been absolutely rocking the city’s poetry venues. “At 4 feet, 11 inches, Vanessa Tahay is what you might call a chaparrita. Her skin is dark, her accent is thick, and if you ask her, she will tell you these are […]

PBS NewsHour Visits Tracy K. Smith

At PBS NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown introduces NewsHour viewers to the nation’s next poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Smith welcomes Brown into her Princeton, NJ home and into her office at Princeton University, before sharing a new poem with viewers. As Brown recalls, “Empathy and self-awareness through language, that is the creed that comes through in […]

Alexie’s ‘Tricky Art of Memoir’ at NYT

Although Sherman Alexie’s no stranger to discerning readers of contemporary lit, even the most seasoned, well-educated fans will find new reasons to celebrate the activist artist’s rise to stardom in James Yeh’s latest NYT article. For example, did you know that a 1992 NEA grant enabled Alexie to quit his secretarial work, in order to […]

Gothamist Covers Poets House Poetry Walk (Starring Bill Murray)

Each year, Poets House hosts a special walk across the Brooklyn Bridge that includes poetry readings, dinner, and celebrity guests like former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Executive Director Lee Briccetti, and…Bill Murray! As Gothamist...Show More Summary

Tobias Carroll Interviews Tommy Pico for Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Poet and podcaster Tommy Pico has had a very busy year, as Tobias Carroll rightly notes in the preface to his interview with Pico at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Now, the author of IRL and Nature Poem, and the co-host of podcast Food 4 Thought, joins Carroll to discuss all that he’s been up to. “We […]

Poet in the World: Reading Zaher & Rorty

At the Seattle Review of Books, Samuel Filby reads Maged Zaher’s 2017 poetry collection, Opting Out, through the lens of Richard Rorty’s 2016 Poetry as Philosophy. In his posthumously published book, Rorty “suggests that the conflict between philosophy and poetry is rooted in philosophy’s reluctance to admit that it is the imagination, not reason, that […]

Machines Develop Non-Human Language

Forget bots who write poetry, and forget all the funny slippages AI algorithms make when inventing names of new paint. According to the Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance, machines are developing their own, that is non-human, language. For those of us interested in poetry, the potential here could be great. LaFrance writes: A buried line in a […]

Poets & Writers on Chicago’s ‘Teen Chapbook Series’

A new Chicago initiative hopes to educate and encourage young writers to edit and publish one another. Jennifer Steele, a poet and educator, began [Y]volve Publishing (YP) just last year. It’s “an extension of Revolving Door Arts Foundation, which Steele founded in 2014 to empower and publish young and emerging writers and to get them […]

‘It’s Got a Backbeat, You Can’t Lose It’: The Rhythm of ‘We Real Cool’

Like you, I first met Ms. Brooks outside the famous Golden Shovel.  In the spring of 2001, “The Pool Players” was lesson number one in Fran Quinn’s undergraduate poetry workshop at Butler University.  He passed out an oversized sheet of poems, a mimeographed poetry collage he’d literally cut and pasted of Yehuda Amichai, D.H. Lawrence, […]

Nikki Wallschlaeger Visits Rumpus Poetry Book Club

Poet Nikki Wallschlaeger meets with Brian Spears and the Rumpus Poetry Book Club to discuss her investment in the sonnet form, especially in her new poetry collection, Crawlspace. The Rumpus’s Poetry Book Club meets online every month; after, the website publishes an edited version of their discussion. In response to Brian Spears’s initial question about […]

Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize Answers Poetry’s Sophomore Woes

At the Telegraph, Tristram Fane Saunders reminds us that, unlike in the world of novels and pop albums, in poetry the second collection is king. Unfortunately, poetry prizes are most often designated for a poet’s debut. Saunders writes, “Many debuts are flops, at least in the eyes of the author. JH Prynne, Norman MacCaig and […]

Los Angeles Times Introduces Incoming U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Readers

If you’re unfamiliar with Tracy K. Smith, there’s no better place to turn to than this interview with the lauded poet and educator, conducted by Carolyn Kellogg. “At 45, Smith is unusually young to receive the honor,” Kellogg explains. “From a childhood in Fairfield, Calif. — which is between San Francisco and Sacramento — to […]

PBS Explores ‘Pop Poetry’

PBS NewsHour introduces viewers (and readers) to the work of Thom Young, a poet who joined Instagram in 2009 and became fascinated by the medium’s ability to propell the works of “people who wrote short, trite poetry” rather than “serious, award-winning poets,” as he explains in conversation with reporter Elizabeth Flock. “Some of these “’pop […]

Reading List: June 2017

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the June 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. David Baker This spring’s reading has brought me wonderment and worry. The worry—which isn’t worth lingering over for long—stems from my fretting over trite gestures in new poetry. I mean, […]

It’s Official: Library of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith U.S. Poet Laureate

Good news! Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will be the nation’s next poet laureate. The New York Times posted the news in today’s edition. Smith is the author of three collections of poetry. “Ms. Smith, 45, said she planned to use the position to be a literary evangelist of sorts, by visiting small towns […]

In the Midst of Controversy, NYT Considers Julius Caesar’s History

The Public Theater’s new take on William Shakespeare’s classic drama, Julius Caesar, part of its free Shakespeare in the Park series, is turning heads for many reasons. In The Public’s version, Caesar bears a likeness to Trump—and of course, Caesar meets a murderous end. One can surmise why Trump’s supporters are up-in-arms. This week, Delta […]

Barry Schwabsky Looks at Robert Walser

Don’t let the title deceive you! Although one of the newer collections of Robert Walser’s writings is called Looking at Pictures, it’s really more about “how to not to write about painting,” by one of the “great literary free-associators,” Barry Schwabsky writes at Hyperallergic. “One of the wonderful things about his writing is that by […]

Congratulations Lambda Literary Winners!

The results are in! In case you missed it, the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony took place last night at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Each year the awards ceremony celebrates LGBT books and their authors. This year, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond hosted the festivities. As Lambda’s press release notes, […]

An Exceeding Sun: Michael Anania on Gwendolyn Brooks

When Quraysh Ali Lansana first invited me to blog about Gwendolyn Brooks, I was elated to be allowed this opportunity to write about such an influential American poet and Chicago icon. However, a few days later, I began to worry about what exactly I had to contribute to the larger conversation regarding Brooks. In my […]

Bridget Read on Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Powerful Reticence’

Bridget Read delves into a new biography of the great modernist poet, Elizabeth Bishop, in the pages of the New Republic. The biography in question, Megan Marshall’s Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, is, according to Read, “an attempt to connect more fully than ever Bishop’s poetics with the facts of her personal life—a synthesis […]

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