Poetry

August 28, 2018 - 8:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Five young poets have received fellowships worth more than $25,000 apiece. On Tuesday, the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced this year's winners of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. The poets are Safia Elhillo, Hieu Minh Nguyen, sam sax,...
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August 28, 2018 - 7:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet and author Sonia Sanchez has won a $100,000 lifetime achievement prize. The Academy of American Poets announced Tuesday that Sanchez is this year's winner of the Wallace Stevens Award. Sanchez, 83, is known for such collections as "Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems."...
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August 16, 2018 - 12:37 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has named two new writers as the state poet and author. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Colson Whitehead will serve as state author and Alicia Ostriker will be state poet. Whitehead is a novelist whose most recent work is "The Underground...
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This combination photo of book cover images shows "City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965," by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, from left, "The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits," by Tiya Miles and "South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s," by Kellie Jones, which are among this year’s American Book Award winners for works reflecting the country’s diversity. (University of North Carolina Press, from left, The New Press and Duke University Press via AP)
August 13, 2018 - 3:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Books on human caging, early Detroit and African-American culture in Los Angeles are among this year's winners for works reflecting the country's diversity. The American Book Awards were announced Monday by the Before Columbus Foundation, founded in 1976 by author-poet Ishmael Reed...
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August 01, 2018 - 4:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's leading liberal publications is apologizing for a poem in which a white writer attempts black vernacular. In a note posted on its web site last week, The Nation called its decision to publish Anders Carlson-Wee's "How-To" a "serious mistake." The brief poem is...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2010 National Medal of Arts to poet Donald Hall, during in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89. Hall's daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed Sunday, June 24, 2018, that her father died Saturday at his home in Wilmot, New Hampshire, after being in hospice care for some time. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
June 24, 2018 - 3:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89. Hall's daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed Sunday that her father died Saturday at his...
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The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center is shown Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Staunton, Va. The young immigrants held without their parents in prison-like conditions at a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Virginia express despair. Some cling to pleasant memories from home. For a select few, there is hope. For a handful of immigrants who came to the U.S. from central America _ many as unaccompanied minors _ poetry has afforded them an opportunity to tell the world both about their journeys north _ and through the byzantine immigration system. (AP Photo/Zachary Wajsgras)
June 22, 2018 - 2:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrant children held in prison-like conditions at a detention center in the mountains of Virginia wrote about fleeing their homes and life in captivity, in a book published last year. The collection of poems in "American Dream" was assembled by a Washington and Lee University...
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June 18, 2018 - 10:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A new study finds that few of the top literary publications are giving equal time to women authors and reviewers. The highly anticipated "VIDA Count," released Monday, has The New Yorker, The Nation and The Atlantic among those devoting less than 40 percent of their book coverage to...
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May 02, 2018 - 8:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese-American poet known for blending a wide range of influences has won a $60,000 prize. John Yau is this year's winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize, Poets & Writers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The prize is given to an American writer of "exceptional" talent who...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, April 17, 2015, a national library employee shows the gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to the late novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia. For the first time since 1943, there’s a notable chance that no Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded this year, it is revealed Monday April 30, 2018, as the Swedish Academy, which chooses the Nobel Literature winner, is embroiled in sex abuse and financial crimes scandals. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, FILE)
April 30, 2018 - 2:40 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — For the first time since 1943, there's a notable risk that no Nobel Prize in literature will be awarded this year. And that's not because the world's authors, poets, essayists and other writers have been found wanting. The painful, though not unprecedented possibility...
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