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News in Poetry Five High School Students Receive Nation's Top Honor for Youth Poets
Posted by RZS on Thursday, September 18, 2014 (21:03:30)

Third Class of the National Student Poets Program has been selected by White House Committee to Serve as National Poetry Ambassadors. The 2014 class of the National Student Poets Program , the nation's highest honor for teen poets presenting original work, began their year of poetry events, workshops and service projects with a reading hosted by First Lady in the Blue Room of the White House.

Full story here!


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News in Poetry Media Out to Discredit Benghazi Whistleblower/Poet
Posted by RZS on Thursday, September 18, 2014 (20:57:27)

Poetry News:

The media is out to discredit a former State Department diplomat who turned Benghazi whistleblower, says Emmy-winning journalist and former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. What is the dirt that reporters have on former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell? He's written poetry, she says.



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News in Poetry How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:57:45)

Poetry News: The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt..



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News in Poetry Joe Hutchison, Colorado's New Poet Laureate, Tells the Story of Silas Soule
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:34:36)

Joseph Hutchison didn't set out to write a poem about Silas Soule. But he'd been thinking for a while about the Sand Creek Massacre -- a dark chapter in Colorado's past that he'd never learned about when he was a student at Skinner Junior High, writing his first poem. ...

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News in Poetry How I Supported Myself While Getting a Graduate Degree in Poetry
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:30:34)

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pirate, an entomologist, or a writer. I don't remember when I lost interest in the first two , but I remember when I realized if I don't write I'm not happy. I especially like writing poetry, which currently, in America, is about the least lucrative form of writing there is...

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Current Poetic Events AZ: Literary Southwest to feature noted poet, author
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (05:15:55)

Poetry News: ... her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East," "A Maze Me: Poems for Girls," "Red Suitcase," "Words under the ...

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News in Poetry Poet Mary Szybist coming to Washington
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (22:29:46)

Poetry News: For the first time since winning last year's National Book Award in poetry, Mary Szybist will be making an appearance in Washington. She'll be my guest for "The Life of a Poet," on Wednesday, Sept. 17

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News in Poetry Haiku and magnolias make award-winning mix in south Mississippi
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (06:01:33)

Who would expect to find the exotic, mysterious world of haiku poetry thriving in south Mississippi? Yet for award winning poets Robert Michael Drouilhet and his wife Rebecca Sue Drouilhet, the South provides a nurturing environment which allows them to share their work with the world.Link!

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News in Poetry The 13 Most Moving Things Said at the Celebration of Maya Angelou's Life
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, September 15, 2014 (03:33:54)

Maya Angelou’s New York friends and family and fans got together to celebrate her life on Sept. 12 at Riverside Church in Manhattan. In a service which ranged from a mashup of “I’m Every Woman” and Angelou’s poetry to a stirring speech from her son, editors, offspring and dignitaries swapped stories and remembrances. Link!

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News in Poetry Sightings: Mortality as Muse
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (00:08:38)

Mr. Sissman's poems are both stunning and disquieting. Their crisply rhyming iambs were a perfect embodiment of the highly individual sensibility of a poet-businessman who looked his fate in the eye without blinking. In "A Deathplace," for instance, he envisioned his ultimate demiseLink!

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News in Poetry Tempest storms poetry talent list
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 13, 2014 (09:49:06)

The youngest of the 2014 crop is rapper, performance poet and playwright Kate Tempest, 27, chosen for her epic performance piece Brand New Ancients. Women make up 12 of the 20 names - all of whom have published their first collection within the last 10 years.Link!

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News in Poetry Critically acclaimed poet coming to town
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 13, 2014 (00:08:22)

Poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest, who is performing at Pocklington Arts Centre next month, has just been nominated for a 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize.Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry perfection: State champion Faiza Abubaker demonstrates her gift for expre
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 12, 2014 (10:06:21)

Faiza Abubakar loves language. A native Oromo speaker from Ethiopia, Abubakar is the reigning state champion for Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide contest in which students test their skills of oration and interpretation with poetry.Link!

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News in Poetry Among the Features at 100,000 Poets for Change evening of September 27th
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 12, 2014 (05:47:21)

Brenda Clews is an African-Canadian poet, painter and video poet. Brenda has had solo art shows and been in a number of group art shows. Her artwork has appeared in books and as journal covers. Her poetry has been published in print and on-line journals over the years.Link!

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News in Poetry An Intro To Mercury-Nominated Rap And Poetry Ace Kate Tempest
Posted by chameleon on Thursday, September 11, 2014 (12:30:49)

An important figure in the London arts scene has finally received the recognition she’s deserved for a good long while. Kate Tempest, who grew up in Brockley and, as the national press has been making a point of today, began her journey practising rapping on various night buses across the city, has been rewarded with nods from two august bodies.

Read the full article at Londonist!


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News in Poetry Poet Carl Adamshick
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (22:11:41)

Adamshick’s debut collection of poetry, Curses and Wishes, won the Walt Whitman Award in 2010, a prize Adamshick accepted with disbelief.Link!

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News in Poetry Poet Sharon Olds will read at the Mount
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (22:10:27)

Though some critics have characterized "Stag's Leap" as a collection of poems about Olds' own divorce from her husband of 32 years, Olds herself is reluctant to say that the collection is autobiographical.Link!

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News in Poetry Obituary: Mafika Pascal Gwala's poetry 'a powerful force'
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (07:37:10)

South Africa lost one of its finest poets, Mafika Pascal Gwala (67), when he passed on Sunday. The poet, born in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, was known for his writings in both in English and Zulu and his involvement in politics dates back to the 1960s. He used his pen to speak out against the injustice of apartheid, actively served in the Black Consciousness Movement and was a member of the Black South African Student Organisation as well as the Black Communities Project, in Durban. Link!

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News in Poetry Poet Profile: A poem a day
Posted by chameleon on Monday, September 08, 2014 (14:13:10)

Chicago-area's Daily Herald profiles poet Jessica Walsh, associate professor at Harper College, and her involvment in the 30 Poems in 30 Days challenge to benefit Tupelo Press, a respected non-profit publisher of poetry manuscripts. "

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News in Poetry Jane Hirshfield: Why Write Poetry?
Posted by zhaul on Monday, September 08, 2014 (05:55:29)

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven books of poetry, including most recently Come, Thief, and the classic collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Who better to ask: Why write poetry? Here are her in-depth, thought provoking answers to this two-part question:

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News in Poetry Poet hopes sharing thoughts help others
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 06, 2014 (00:36:51)

The only inventory we take should be our own, according to aspiring poet David Hamilton. That’s part of the message in a poem, titled To Share a Smile, he has distributed to people he knows in different capacities.Link!

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News in Poetry Chilean poet Nicanor Parra turns 100
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 05, 2014 (21:55:03)

Chile is celebrating the 100th birthday of poet Nicanor Parra with ceremonies nationwide. Friday's activities range from public readings to book fairs and art exhibits honoring the poet, essayist and physics graduate.Link!

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News in Poetry Restoring the reputation of a great
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 05, 2014 (05:44:59)

The writer's biography of Philip Larkin - Life, Art and Love - is of interest not just because of his analysis of the poems (he is literary adviser to the Larkin Society) but also because of what he says about Larkin the man.Link!

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News in Poetry Renowned Hispanic literacy publisher to open fall UHV/ABR
Posted by induce on Thursday, September 04, 2014 (20:20:14)

Poetry News: Receiving awards this year, including a Midwest Book Award and Next Generation Indie Book Award. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published by numerous presses, including Verse Wisconsin, WSU Press, Moonshot Magazine and many others.

Link! Alcorn Auditorium, UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.


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News in Poetry Poetry of witness' advocate, poet speaks
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 04, 2014 (07:32:11)

How does the poet react to war, displacement, imprisonment and even genocide? What words will they use — even if the language of oppressors — in trying to understand that experience? Link!

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