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American Writers Museum

Here’s a little taste of something that isn’t on the conference floor and will be here for you the next time you come to Chicago:<p>My co-worker and I …

Literature

If your mind were a city…

It could still be a trip into the unknown, says this spoken-word poet<p>“Despite the pain this kind of travel entails,<br>I savor adventures across human …

Poetry

Kurt Vonnegut: Indy Remembers the Prolific Author

Ten years after the death of prolific novelist and native son Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Indianapolis has declared 2017 “The Year of Vonnegut.” And what a …

Literature

Arrival: The Story of CanLit

The vicissitudes of time and gentrification notwithstanding, it can be difficult to comprehend Toronto through its writers. The bust of poet …

No one’s getting rich, so how is poetry still thriving in America?

It’s no secret that poetry doesn’t sell. Enter your nearest chain bookstore and measure the size of the poetry section. You’d likely be able to carry …

Kim Shuck named San Francisco’s new poet laureate

Kim Shuck, a native of San Francisco whose work explores her multiethnic roots, has been named the city’s new poet laureate.<p>A descendant of Poles and …

Former US Poet Laureate (and NEA Literature Fellow) Charles Simic reflects on the eternal nature of poetry. [1:41] | NEA

Charles Simic Transcript<p>Poetry has been around for at least 3,000 years, probably much more, 4,000, and it's never encouraged in a big way by any …

Poetry

Revisiting The Prophetic Verse Of Eve Merriam’s ‘The Nixon Poems’

It perfectly captures the anxiety of watching folly unfold dailyImages: Nick RipatrazoneFour years before Watergate, Eve Merriam published <i>The Nixon</i> …

Richard Nixon

Penn conference on Ezra Pound: Homecoming for a bad-boy genius

Philadelphia is famous for a lot of things. And here’s another, perhaps unexpected: It was one of the most important centers of the modernist …

Poetry

Top German literature prize goes to poet Jan Wagner

The Georg Büchner Prize, the most important literary accolade for the German language, goes this year to poet Jan Wagner. The 45-year-old is also a …

Literature

A Short Analysis of W. H. Auden’s ‘Refugee Blues’

A summary of a powerful poem ‘Refugee Blues’ is the title commonly given to the first song in W. H. Auden’s ‘Ten Songs’. The poem was completed in …

Poetry

Everybody ♥s John Giorno

Standing in a cavernous, nearly lightless space that was once the locker room of a Y.M.C.A. on the Bowery, the iconic poet, painter, and queer …

Art

The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolution

Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independence

History

Typewriters making a comeback amid digital burnout: Media reports

June 20, 2017 3:49 PM<br>The clacking sounds of old-school typewriters are fast becoming sweet sounds to a growing legion of young fans.

New Mexico

Bookstore Owner Sues California Over Law Regulating Autographed Items

A new California law regulates how autographed items may be sold. Originally intended to cover sports memorabilia and an apparently thriving market in fake autographs, bookstores are worried it will shut down popular author book signings. Now one of them has filed suit.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>…

Law

The Book of Sir Thomas More: Shakespeare's only surviving literary manuscript

Description<p>This is part of the only surviving play script to contain Shakespeare's handwriting. Three pages of the manuscript, ff. 8r, 8v and 9r, …

Have we been taught poetry all wrong?

Poetry can do a kind of “dream work,” says poet Matthew Zapruder. Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin“I have a confession to make: I don’t really …

Poetry

This poet dated Andy Warhol — now he has his own art show

He slept with Andy Warhol, supped with William S. Burroughs and saw Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith and countless others become superstars.<p>Now, at 80, …

Fine Art

Plateau mural is a 9-storey love song to Leonard Cohen

Work by artist Kevin Ledo evokes 'energy surrounding Cohen and his music' in singer's last years<p>The opportunity to paint a giant portrait of Leonard …

Music

Milkweed Unveils Lit Prize Honoring Young Poet

Milkweed Editions is launching the $10,000 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize for debut collections, in honor of the young poet who died of cancer in 2016, weeks …

Poetry

The Disappearing Act of Lucia Joyce

“Her case is cyclothymia, dating from the age of seven and a half. She is about thirty-three, speaks French fluently,” James Joyce wrote in a 1936 …

The Forgotten Holocaust Poetry Of Hermann Adler

Adler’s story is a grand tour of suffering. He was, at the very least, experienced enough to document the suffering of the Jews for posterity.

European History

The 10 Best John Ashbery Poems

Picked by Karin Roffman, author of 'The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life.'

Poetry

Where did Leaves of Grass come from?

One of the most enduring (if not most entertaining) games that Walt Whitman scholars like to play begins with a single question: Where did <i>Leaves of</i> …

Literature

Review: Kevin Connolly's Xiphoid Process, Linda Besner's Feel Happier in Nine Seconds and Gary Barwin's No TV for Woodpeckers

<b>Xiphoid Process</b><p><i>By Kevin Connolly</i><p><i>House of Anansi, 88 pages, $19.95</i><p><b>Feel Happier in Nine Seconds</b><p><i>By Linda Besner</i><p><i>Coach House Books, 88 pages, $18.95</i><p><b>No TV for Woodpeckers</b><p><i>By Gary Barwin</i><p><i>Wolsak and Wynn, 104 pages, $18</i><p>How do we relate to ourselves and our cultural past? What role do language and the senses …

Poetry

Margaret Atwood to receive literary lifetime achievement award

Margaret Atwood is receiving a lifetime achievement award from one of the world’s oldest literary organizations.<p>PEN Center USA announced Wednesday that Atwood will accept the honour at the group’s annual Literary Awards Festival in October.<p>Atwood has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry …

Literature

A Tangy Sendup of Literary-World Dalliances

The 1980s, that otherwise deplorable decade, was a fertile era for satire. Spy magazine, which pinned the phrase “short-fingered vulgarian” on Donald J. Trump, was born.<p>In bookstores there was a boomlet in rakishly intelligent literary romans à clef. In 1987 alone there was “The Belle Lettres …

Books

For Father's Day, 9 famous writer dads and their awesome authorial offspring

While some dads were busy tossing the ball around with their kids, these literary fathers instilled a love of literature into their children — a love so deep, in fact, that they followed in their father’s footsteps to become writers themselves. For Father’s Day, a sampler of literary …

Literature

James Joyce's Women (1985) Trailer