Poetry

June 10, 2020 - 1:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two top officials at one of the country's leading poetry organizations have stepped down amid criticism over its response to the protests against police violence and racism. The Poetry Foundation announced Wednesday that its president, Henry Bienen, and board chairman, Willard Bunn...
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May 27, 2020 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate Medical Center in...
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This image released by W.W. Norton shows poet Major Jackson. Jackson says that he and his wife and fellow poet, Didi Jackson, committed themselves to writing every day once they began sheltering in place, a way of distracting themselves from current events but also to absorb them. (Erin Patrice O'Brien/W.W. Norton via AP)
May 06, 2020 - 10:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus spread in March, poet Ada Limon struggled at first to write, feeling “flattened and silenced” by a pandemic that had shut down much of the world she knew. “I could call nothing to me. I’d think of a sound, a word, a subject and it was all failing,” she told The...
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March 25, 2020 - 8:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent. Tolentino's essay collection “Trick Mirror” was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle...
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This cover image released by Knopf shows "Lost Children Archive," a novel by Valeria Luiselli. The book tells the story of young immigrants separated from their families. Luiselli’s novel won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Knopf via AP)
March 24, 2020 - 11:39 am
LONDON (AP) — Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive” won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday at a ceremony held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luiselli beat finalists who included Zadie Smith’ and Ben Lerner to win the 30,000 pound ($35,000)...
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March 11, 2020 - 8:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Leslie Marmon Silko, winner of a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, sees universal reach in her writings about her Laguna Pueblo heritage. “I'm especially proud of asserting the notion that we indigenous people are citizens of the world,” she...
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February 25, 2020 - 2:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — Works of fiction by Ben Lerner and Zadie Smith and an exploration of why women join the Islamic State group are among eight books contending for Britain’s Rathbones Folio Prize for literature. Lerner’s 1990s-set novel “The Topeka School” and Smith’s eclectic book of short stories “...
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February 12, 2020 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing...
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FILE- In this April 25, 1997, file photo, Author Roger Kahn, author of the bestseller "The Boys of Summer", poses at his home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, N.Y., according to his son Gordon Kahn. He was 92. (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File)
February 07, 2020 - 4:58 pm
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Roger Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers in "The Boys of Summer," has died. He was 92. He died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, a Westchester County suburb, son...
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February 03, 2020 - 4:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — George Steiner, who became one of the world's leading public intellectuals through his uncommon erudition, multilingual perspective and the provocative lessons he drew from his Jewish roots and escape from the Holocaust, died Monday. He was 90. His son, David Steiner, told The...
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