Poetry

Writer Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Nov. 15, 2017, in New York. Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
November 15, 2017 - 11:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," a surreal and poetic novel about a struggling family in Mississippi, on Wednesday night won the National Book Award for fiction. It was the second time Ward received the fiction prize: She won in 2011 for "Salvage the Bones." Masha Gessen's "The...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2015 file photo, Nikki Giovanni appears at the unveiling of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington. The 74-year-old poet has a new collection entitled, “A Good Cry." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
November 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Giovanni has a thing about words, even a single one — like "needed." "I'm not needed," the beloved poet, drinking coffee at a hotel lounge in midtown Manhattan, insisted during a recent interview. "I think I'm enjoyed. I enjoy my audience and I think my audience enjoys me. I'...
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Documents recently rediscovered in Lithuania are displayed at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. These documents along with more than 170,000 other pages are part of a recently discovered trove of Jewish materials from Lithuania thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 24, 2017 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The American public is getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish documents that had been presumed destroyed during the Holocaust. Ten documents brought over from Lithuania went on display Tuesday at New York's YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which is working with the...
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FILE - A Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 file photo of Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, attending a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, a literary award. An international jury chose Atwood in May to win the annual Franz Kafka Prize awarded by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society. ( Arne Dedert/dpa via AP, File)
October 17, 2017 - 1:52 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. An international jury selected Atwood in May as the winner of the annual literary award, which is handed out by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society. Atwood was in Prague on Tuesday to receive the award...
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FILE- In this July 18, 2006, file photo, poet Richard Wilbur poses for a photo at his home in Cummington, Mass. Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, night in Belmont, Mass., with his family by his side, according to friend and fellow poet, Dana Gioia. (AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri, File)
October 15, 2017 - 7:50 pm
Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his...
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October 05, 2017 - 9:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An acclaimed poet and editor says she will correct any errors in her current book after a critic alleged she had improperly lifted material. Jill Bialosky said in a statement Thursday that she had "inadvertently" used "fragments" from "common biographical sources" for her memoir "...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, author Jesmyn Ward speaks at Book Expo America in New York. Ward, Masha Gessen and Frances Fitzgerald are among this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 04, 2017 - 9:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen and Frances Fitzgerald are among this year's finalists for the National Book Awards. On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced short lists of five each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, young people's literature and poetry. Winners will...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Poet John Ashbery interviewed at his apartment in New York. Ashbery, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest poets, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes, according to husband, David Kermani. He was 90. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
September 04, 2017 - 2:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and often mentioned as a Nobel candidate, died at his...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Poet John Ashbery interviewed at his apartment in New York. Ashbery, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest poets, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes, according to husband, David Kermani. He was 90. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
September 03, 2017 - 8:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and often mentioned as a Nobel candidate, died at his...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Poet John Ashbery interviewed at his apartment in New York. Ashbery, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest poets, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at home in Hudson, New York, of natural causes, according to husband, David Kermani. He was 90. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
September 03, 2017 - 4:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and often mentioned as a Nobel candidate, died at his...
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