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US Mint to issue quarters honoring notable American women

Jun. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

Poet and author Maya Angelou, America’s first woman in space and a revered Cherokee Nation leader are among female trailblazers whose likenesses will appear on the U.S. quarter. The new four-year American Women Quarters Program celebrates women's accomplishments and...

Fiction, memoirs, poems spring from 1,000-word challenge

Jun. 07, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Stella Oloye, a Washington, D.C-based writer working on an Afrofuturism novel, was at a low point this spring when she learned of an online challenge she likens to a “gift from God": #1000wordsofsummer. The rules: Set down 1,000 words a day for 14...

Stuck in SC amid COVID, student from China wins poem contest

May. 22, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — “I am from a place I can’t go back to; This year on the Island has felt like a new life, that I am still waiting to begin.” That’s the opening line of 10-year-old Vince Mathison’s poem “Where I’m From,” written for an...

Alexandra Huynh, 18, is the new National Youth Poet Laureate

May. 20, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An incoming first-year student at Stanford University has been named the new National Youth Poet Laureate. Alexandra Huynh, 18, is a second-generation Vietnamese American from Sacramento, California, who sees poetry both as a means to self-expression...

Poet Carl Phillips wins $75,000 Jackson Prize

May. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Carl Phillips has received a $75,000 honor for a body of work which displays “exceptional talent.” On Monday, Poets & Writers announced that the 61-year-old Phillips has won the Jackson Prize, which in previous years has gone to Elizabeth...

LeVar Burton launches book club with James Baldwin novel

May. 11, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeVar Burton has found another way to share his love of reading. The actor has launched the LeVar Burton Book Club in partnership with Fable, described on its app and website as a means to discover, read and discuss books, and help build “human...

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to release 1st children's book

May. 04, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is releasing her first children’s book, one rooted in the relationship between Prince Harry and their son, Archie. Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that “The Bench” will be released June 8. ...

West Virginia Supreme Court justices participate in Law Day

Apr. 29, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court justices are taking part in Law Day activities next week. The justices will participate in a virtual awards ceremony Monday for the state bar's Women in the Profession Committee's Law Day student contests, the court...

Chicago-based Poetry Foundation hires new president

Apr. 28, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Poetry Foundation has chosen Michelle T. Boone as its new president, the first time a woman and a person of color will be leading the wealthy, Chicago-based institution that oversees the century-old Poetry magazine, organizes workshops and other programs, and distributes...

Catherine Pierce named new Mississippi poet laureate

Apr. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new poet laureate is a professor and published author. Gov. Tate Reeves and his wife, Elee, named Catherine Pierce of Starkville to the literary post for the next four years. “We are confident Dr. Pierce will...