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Kemi Alabi wins First Book Award from poets academy

Apr. 08, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chicago-based writer and activist has received the First Book Award from the Academy of American Poets. Kemi Alabi's “Against Heaven” is scheduled for publication in Spring 2022. Alabi, chosen for the honor by the acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine,...

Japan's famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms

Mar. 30, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying climate change is the likely cause. Japan’s favorite flower,...

Poet Amanda Gorman revisits inaugural triumph with Oprah

Mar. 25, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amanda Gorman revisits her inauguration day poetry reading that wowed observers, among them Oprah Winfrey, in the Apple TV+ series “The Oprah Conversation.” The 23-year-old Gorman “stepped into a moment in history with enormous grace and...

George C. Wolfe, Anne Carson win PEN achievement awards

Mar. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe and Canadian poet-translator Anne Carson are among this year's winners of PEN America awards for career achievement. Wolfe, whose credits range from writing the musical “Jelly's Last Jam” to directing “Angels In...

Vivian Gornick, 7 others win Windham-Campbell Prizes

Mar. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Michael R. Jackson, author-critic Vivian Gornick and fiction and nonfiction writer Renee Gladman are among this year's winners of Windham-Campbell Prizes, which provide $165,000 for each recipient to focus on work “independent of financial concerns.” ...

Acclaimed Polish poet Adam Zagajewski dies at age 75

Mar. 22, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Adam Zagajewski, the celebrated Polish poet whose melancholy reflections on the erosion of the world came to express an unfathomable moment of shock and loss after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., has died in Krakow. He was 75. Zagajewski’s death on...

Former poet laureate, others to receive humanities awards

Mar. 15, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and others will be honored with Mississippi Humanities Council awards, with a ceremony being held online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trethewey, a Gulfport native, will...

Emory library to host online reading by poet laureate

Mar. 06, 2021 10:41 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The current U.S. poet laureate is set to give a public reading through Emory University that will be open to the public online. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo is set to read her poems on March 20 at 4 p.m. The event hosted by the university's Stuart A. Rose...

American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

Mar. 05, 2021 10:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. For the first time since 1908, the academy is expanding its core membership, from 250...

Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Feb. 23, 2021 17:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet, publisher, bookseller and activist who helped launch the Beat movement in the 1950s and embodied its curious and rebellious spirit well into the 21st century, has died at age 101. Ferlinghetti, a San Francisco...