Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Orange's novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year's winners of American Book Awards, given for...
Louisiana’s new poet laureate was once state labor secretary
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new poet laureate, with a background well beyond fine arts.
John Warner Smith's tenure in the two-year position begins Wednesday. He teaches English...
NEW YORK (AP) — Bella Thorne says people are confused by her and she doesn't understand why, but maybe her new book will clear things up.
"People constantly come to me, directors, producers,...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are poetry slams, and then there are slammed poets.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu abandoned his pick for poet laureate on Friday amid growing criticism of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is working on a picture book.
Viking Children's Books announced Thursday that Gorman's "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem" is...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi Writers Trail marker honors novelist and poet Margaret Walker.
It was unveiled Monday at Jackson State University, where she was an English professor...
LONDON (AP) — A legal battle between the powerful, poetry-writing ruler of Dubai and his wealthy estranged wife is leading toward a showdown in a London courtroom later this month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time.
"I've been an unofficial poetry ambassador — on the road for poetry for...
LONDON (AP) — Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.'s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post.
Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain's highest...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas poet Denise Low will be pulling up stakes and heading west this summer.
In preparation for a move to California, she has been decluttering her life. It helped...
Marilyn Nelson is receiving a $100,000 lifetime achievement award from the Poetry Foundation, which also is honoring Naomi Shihab Nye and Terrance Hayes.
Roxane Gay and Medium launch Gay Magazine
NEW YORK (AP) — Author Roxane Gay and the online publishing platform Medium have launched Gay Magazine, dedicated to diverse, "intelligently provocative work" and a culture of respect for both...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's second poet laureate, who focused on taking poetry to neighborhoods and the city's young people, has been outed as a former white nationalist.
Poet Joy Harjo wins $65,000 Jackson Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Joy Harjo has won a $65,000 prize for writers deemed worthy of greater recognition.
Poets & Writers announced Thursday that Harjo had received the Jackson Prize, an...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has a new poet laureate.
The state Office of the Arts announced Wednesday that Margaret Gibson of Preston has been chosen to become the seventh poet to...
TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said Monday after selecting the phrase from ancient Japanese...
Writer Jeff Worley appointed Kentucky poet laureate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky writer has been appointed Kentucky poet laureate.
Gov. Matt Bevin appointed award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington to the post. He will be inducted on...
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):
Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the...
U of Nebraska-Lincoln professor wins $165K poetry prize
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln English professor has won a $165,000 prize for his poetry.
The university says Kwame Dawes is the first of its writers to win a...
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Anne Bradstreet was the North American continent's first published poet, yet her legacy has largely been lost to time.
DETROIT (AP) — More than a dozen high school seniors from the Detroit Public Schools Community District will compete for scholarships in a poetry slam competition.
W.S. Merwin, prize-winning poet of nature, dies at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive...
W.S. Merwin, prize-winning poet of nature, dies at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile master of modern poetry who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for...
Kellogg Foundation grant to boost Motown Museum programs
DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum is using a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to boost community programming in concert with its planned expansion.
aska poet calls attention to environmental concerns
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Lately there's been a sense of urgency to Mar Ka's ecologically minded poetry.
Ka, who traveled to more than 90 Alaska Native villages as an indigenous rights attorney...
Submissions sought for New Hampshire Literary Awards
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The 13th New Hampshire Literary Awards is looking for submissions.
The following categories can be entered by a New Hampshire native or resident: fiction, nonfiction,...
Incarcerated girls are letting their voices soar with poetry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — "guidance was a lack
UConn to host professional puppeteers for puppetry slam
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Professional puppeteers and students from around New England are coming to the University of Connecticut for a puppetry slam.
The 2019 UConn Winter Puppet Slam, similar to a poetry slam, will feature short works of puppetry. It will be held on Friday at the school's Konover Auditorium.
Twin Poets give voice to social justice
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Once one understands the vocations and livelihood passions of The Twin Poets, the sources of their spoken word creations are no mystery.
Poet Gloria House selected as 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist
DETROIT (AP) — Poet and activist Gloria House has been selected as the 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist for her achievement in the arts and contribution to the growth and vibrancy of Detroit's cultural environment.
Kresge Arts in Detroit says the award comes with a $50,000 prize.
‘Rain Poetry’ appears on South Carolina city’s sidewalks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is jazzing up its sidewalks with poetry when it rains.
Columbia's public art organization One Columbia has teamed up with city poet laureate Ed Madden to create "Rain Poetry."
Madden solicited poems over the last year, and they were stenciled onto sidewalks around the city. The material used to paint the writings only shows up when wet.
Academy of American Poets makes Trethewey, Harjo chancellors
NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy of American Poets has named two new chancellors: former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and Joy Harjo, the first Native American to join the academy's board.
The academy announced the selections Monday. The chancellors serve as consultants, prize judges and "ambassadors of poetry."
Lakota Nation Invitational features voices of young poets
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Tyra Akers, a junior at Pine Ridge High School, said she's only been writing poems for a year. Her literary hero?
Porsha Olayiwola named Boston’s poet laureate
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's new poet laureate is a Jamaica Plain resident who co-founded a poetry slam venue in Roxbury.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that Porsha Olayiwola will formally begin her role on Jan. 1.
Olayiwola is the artistic director of MassLEAP, a nonprofit organization that serves young artists. She also co-founded The House Slam, which offers poetry slams and open mic events.
Oklahoma woman expresses herself through poetry
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Two things have long weighed on Jessica Steward's heart — serving her country and sharing her emotions.
She said she had wanted to be in the military for as long as she could remember.
"This is my country, I'm supposed to defend it," she told the Muskogee Phoenix .
Mexican writer Fernando del Paso dead at 83
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widely honored Mexican novelist and poet Fernando del Paso has died at the age of 83.
The University of Guadalajara said Del Paso died Wednesday, but did not give a cause of death. He had been director of the university's library.
Del Paso was best known for his historical novel "News From the Empire" about the brief reign of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico.
Tony Hoagland, witty, prize-winning poet, dead at 64
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Hoagland, a prize-winning poet admired for his candor and sharp, off-beat humor, has died at age 64.
Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, told The Associated Press that Hoagland died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The cause was pancreatic cancer.
Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among book award finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.
Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show
NEW YORK (AP) — The country's poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called "The Slowdown."
Smith said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted to inspire listeners to "make a daily space for poetry" in a world dominated by breaking news events.
US poet Danez Smith wins prestigious Forward Prize
LONDON (AP) — American performance poet Danez Smith has won the prestigious Forward Prize for the collection "Don't Call Us Dead."
At 29, the poet from St. Paul, Minnesota is the youngest-ever winner of the 10,000 pound ($13,000) award, founded in 1992.
Smith, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun "they," was praised for "jubilant and confrontational" verses reflecting their experiences as a young, HIV-positive African American.
Tayari Jones and Tommy Orange among book award finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Tayari Jones' "An American Marriage" and Tommy Orange's "There, There," two of the year's most talked-about novels, are on the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards.
Other books announced Friday by the National Book Foundation include Lauren Groff's "Florida," Brandon Hobson's "Where the Dead Sit Talking" and Jennifer Clement's "Gun Love." The list features four debut works, including Orange's book, and three short story collections, Groff's among them.
Poets Tretheway, Hayes on National Book Awards longlist
NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize winners Natasha Trethewey and Rae Armantrout are among those on the poetry longlist for the National Book Awards. Authors in the nonfiction category include Steve Coll, Sarah Smarsh and Rebecca Solnit.
5 young poets each receive fellowships worth $25,800
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, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Paul Tran. With prize money totaling $129,000, each will be given $25,800.
Poet Sonia Sanchez wins $100,000 prize
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."
Writing program helps inmates behind bars find their voice
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit organization is helping inmates at jails across New Mexico express themselves through poetry, spoken word and journaling.
Rachel Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal that from a young age, her life has been a cycle of drug abuse and incarceration.
She is one of the inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center participating in workshops by JustWrite.
Writer, teacher Robley Wilson dies in Florida at age 88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Writer Robley Wilson, a novelist and poet whose works won numerous awards and who also was an editor and teacher, has died at his home in Florida. He was 88.
His wife, writer Susan Hubbard, confirmed Sunday in an email that Wilson died on Aug. 7 in Orlando surrounded by "family, cats, books, and music."
Wilson wrote three poetry collections, including "Kingdoms of the Ordinary," and novels such as "After Paradise," ''The World Still Melting" and "Who Will Hear Your Secrets"
Washburn professor: Langston Hughes was year older
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A professor in Kansas says that poet Langston Hughes may have been born a year earlier that what's on record.
Hughes is commonly thought to have been born in 1902, spending his childhood in Topeka and Lawrence, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported .
New York names new state author and poet
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 Railroad." He will succeed former state author Edmund White.