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C’est la Ville!: Urban Voices from Paris and Chicago

This past fall during Open House Chicago, the Poetry Foundation and La Maison de la Poésie collaborated on an audio installation that brought together 6 poets from Paris and Chicago, respectively. Silvain Gire and Samuel Hirsch from ARETE Radio in Paris combined found sounds of the two cities together with the poetry of Oxmo Puccino, […]

Barry Schwabsky Reviews Wong May at Hyperallergic

In the newest installment of “Weekend Reads” at Hyperallergic Barry Schwabsky reviews Wong May’s most recent collection of poems, Picasso’s Tears: Poems 1978-2013. The collection, published by Octopus Books, marks May’s first publication since 1978: thirty-six years ago. Show More Summary

Undocupoets Petitions Poetry Publishers to Grant Non-Citizens & Non–U.S. Residents Contest Entry

Apogee Journal has published a petition regarding first-book discrimination from Undocupoets, “the group fighting to end citizenship-based discrimination in poetry publishing and contests.” As editors from the new (and necessary!) journal...Show More Summary

Concentrate Media Welcomes You to Ann Arbor’s Literary Culture

Who knew that Ann Arbor, Michigan has such a vibrant literary culture and publishing community? Actually, we knew that all along! But here’s an even more detailed glimpse at the writers, readers, and publishers than one could ever hope for… so… let’s go! From Concentrate Media: Steven Gillis says it’s good to be a publisher […]

‘Poet’ and ‘Playboy': The New York Times Reviews James Laughlin Biography and Collected Poems

The New York Times reviews a new biography about James Laughlin, along with his massive Collected Poems. Laughlin was the founder of New Directions and a prolific poet in his own right. From NYT: James Laughlin was tall, blue-eyed, athletic, vastly wealthy and, by many accounts, sexually mesmerizing. He could charm the pants off women […]

Andrew Durbin Interviewed About Mature Themes at Lambda Literary!

Andrew Durbin, author of the recently published Mature Themes (Nightboat 2014), is interviewed at Lambda Literary! Durbin talks about the original book design (his name and title are on the back), his interests leading up to the writing (including Lucy Ives’s essay on “disingenuity,” which she wrote here at Harriet!), how and when he writes, […]

Claremont Graduate University Announces Finalists for the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

Claremont University has announced this year’s finalists for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (“given annually for a book by a poet who is past the very beginning but has not yet reached the pinnacle of his or her career”) and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award! “The awards are among the world’s most generous […]

‘Hygge’ with the Ashbery Home School

At Entropy, John Rufo sits down with Adam Fitzgerald, co-director and co-founder of the Ashbery Home School: a unique annual conference, or “academy of the future,” that will convene again at John Ashbery’s home in Hudson, NY in August of this year. From Entropy: I recently sat down with Adam Fitzgerald, co-director and co-founder of […]

Maged Zaher on Translating Seven Poets of the Arab Spring in The Tahrir of Poems

Seattle’s The Stranger writes about their own Maged Zaher, who has edited an anthology of Egyptian poets called The Tahrir of Poems. The book features seven poets, all of whom participated in the Arab Spring. Great piece. An excerpt, from writer Paul Constant: …Finally, five years after that first clumsy act of translation over the […]

Defender of ‘Howl,’ Al Bendich, Dies at 85

Al Bendich, the last living participant in the team that defended Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” against obscenity charges, passed away on January 5th in Oakland. He was 85. Benedich is also known for successfully defending Lenny Bruce’s comedy act, which came under similar scrutiny. From NYT: Al Bendich, a lawyer who successfully defended the right to […]

South Carolina Poet Laureate Denied Reading at Inauguration

This in yesterday from NPR: South Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, has read poems at the last three governor’s inaugural ceremonies. This year, “she says she was moved watching the protests across the country ignited by the deaths of unarmed black men. She wanted to incorporate some of that subject matter into her writing.” South […]

Let’s Go To Miami!

Bon voyage says the Academy! The winners of this year’s James Laughlin Award (presented by The Academy of American Poets) will receive an all-expenses paid week-long residency at The Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room. The Betsy is located in Miami Beach, Florida. From The Academy of American Poets: The Academy of American Poets is pleased to […]

Killer Poet to Be Paroled?

According to Jacket Copy’s Carolyn Kellogg, Norman A. Porter Jr. (also known to the Chicago literary community as “J.J. Jameson”) is up for parole. Hopefully this opportunity is less of an intermission and more of a fresh start. We’ll see! In the meantime, keep hold of your stanzas. From Jacket Copy: The underground Chicago literary […]

Kevin Killian to Talk on Marilyn Monroe & Carl Sandburg!

Wow, if only those of us who do not reside in the fair Bay Area could grow wings and have no jobs so that we could attend this Friday’s “master chat,” to be held at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum at 12:30: Kevin Killian on Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg! What! Get your tickets here […]

PBS Spotlights Bill Berkson!

PBS News Hour has a great feature up on Bill Berkson that includes a recording of the poet reading from his recent book, Expect Delays (Coffee House 2014). The headline is the coolest: “Be like poet Bill Berkson and start kissing anyone you can find.” What? Here’s what: A few years ago, poet Bill Berkson […]

Flavorwire Picks Favorite Forthcoming Poetry Books

Flavorwire gives us their most anticipated poetry books of 2015! Writer Jonathon Sturgeon smartly starts with the re-release of Mina Loy’s poems, The Lost Lunar Baedeker, which has been out of print for 20 years and is due out from FSG this month. And he closes with Wonder Book Prize winner Uljana Wolf’s i mean […]

Bank-Robbing Prankster’s Inspiration: Arthur Rimbaud

The former art professor at MIT who recently robbed a bank in NYC’s Chinatown, Joseph Gibbons, claims that he was inspired by the poet, Arthur Rimbaud: “I read the works of Arthur Rimbaud who essentially believed a poet had to descend into the depths of all that was bad and report back. This whole thing […]

The Collaborator

[Note: This essay was written to coincide with Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant, currently on display in the Poetry Foundation gallery. The exhibit includes Winkfield’s book covers for poets Charles North, Miles Champion, and Larry Fagin,Show More Summary

Robert Pinsky Reads Samuel Beckett’s ‘Cascando,’ Disagrees with Paul Muldoon

At Slate, an argument between Robert Pinsky and Paul Muldoon about Samuel Beckett’s love poem, “Cascado,” is brewing. While Paul Muldoon writes “this is truly dreadful stuff” (as referenced in our recent Harriet post), Pinsky observes that Beckett’s love poem is “clear-eyed yet passionate, personal and impersonal in ways I admire” in this review at […]

Announcing The Improbable: Reviews by Booksellers for Booksellers

A new, monthly collection of little reviews from independent booksellers is up and running! For its first issue, The Improbable feasts on new books from Ed Sanders, Claudia Rankine, Ray Johnson, Susan Howe, Amarnath Ravva, and Dorothy Iannone, and the plan is to do five to seven reviews a month written by “booksellers from some […]

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