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FILE - U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo speaks at the Governors Awards on Oct. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. Harjo will serve a third 1-year term and has launched an online project that celebrates Native American poets around the country. Her re-appointment was announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, by the Library of Congress, and her new term begins in September. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo to serve third 1-year term

Nov. 19, 2020 7:14 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo will serve a third, one-year term and has launched an online project that celebrates Native American poets around the country. Her reappointment was announced Thursday by the Library of Congress, and her new term begins in September. “This has been a...

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McBride, Rankine among nominees for Carnegie literary medals

Nov. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — James McBride's latest novel and nonfiction by poets Claudia Rankine and Natasha Trethewey are among the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for fiction and nonfiction. The American Library Association announced Tuesday that McBride's “Deacon King Kong" was a fiction nominee,...

Beloved arts facility Poets House suspends operations

Nov. 16, 2020 4:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's leading literary community and educational centers, Poets House, is suspending operations because of “challenges presented” by the coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit Manhattan facility, which contains tens of thousands of books and has hosted readings by...

FILE - Playwright August Wilson poses for a portrait at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. on April 7, 2005. The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. (AP Photo/ Michelle McLoughlin, File)

The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove

Oct. 29, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman...

Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86. Di Prima's longtime partner Sheppard Powell told The Associated Press that di Prima had been in failing health and...

FILE - Oprah Winfrey arrives for the presentation of Stella McCartney's ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 fashion collection in Paris on March 4, 2019. Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites ranging from James Baldwin’s landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver’s poetry collection “Devotions.” She is calling her choices “The Books That See Me Through,” works she values for “their ability to comfort, inspire, and enlighten” her. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

`The books that help her through': Winfrey suggests seven

Oct. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin's landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver's poetry collection...

American poet Louise Gluck speaks with the media, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, outside her home in Cambridge, Mass. Gluck, a professor of English at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., won the 2020 Nobel Prize for literature

American poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Oct. 8, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louise Glück, an American poet long revered for the power, inventiveness and concision of her work and for her generosity to younger writers, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee on Thursday praised her as “candid and uncompromising” in granting a...

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice"

Oct. 8, 2020 8:03 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice."

Albania’s writer Ismail Kadare awarded Neustadt Prize

Oct. 5, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.S Embassy in Tirana on Monday said that Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The announcement posted on the embassy’s Facebook page said the Neustadt Prize and Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary...

Derek Mahon, whose poem consoled during pandemic, dies at 78

Oct. 3, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland-born poet Derek Mahon, whose verse brought consolation to many during the coronavirus pandemic, has died, his publisher said. He was 78. Mahon’s publisher, Gallery Press, announced his death on Friday. Irish media said he died Thursday at his home in Kinsale, southwest...