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Grammys add new categories, including songwriter of the year

Jun. 09, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys are adding a special song for social change award and five new categories including songwriter of the year, giving the Recording Academy an avenue to honor music’s best composer. The academy announced Thursday that the new non-classical songwriter...

Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker's tenure ending

Jun. 05, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The City of Charleston's first poet laureate is nearing the end of his appointmen. Marcus Amaker, in a recent video message, encouraged poets and writers to consider applying to become his successor, The Post and Courier reported. “When we...

For Japan's star poet Tanikawa, it's fun, not work, at 90

Jun. 01, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shuntaro Tanikawa used to think poems descended like an inspiration from the heavens. As he grew older — he is now 90 — Tanikawa sees poems as welling up from the ground. The poems still come to him, a word or fragments of lines, as he wakes up in the morning....

Mississippi's Poet Laureate wants to share joy of writing

May. 14, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Catherine Pierce tries to begin each of her classes with a question. Something like, but not specifically: “Would you rather be a shepherd spy — a shepherd who is also a spy, not to be confused with shepherd’s pie — or a super agent who is a dog...

Adrian Matejka will be first Black editor of Poetry magazine

Apr. 26, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Poetry magazine, one of the country's oldest and most prominent literary publications, will for the first time have a Black editor. Adrian Matejka, an educator, former state laureate of Indiana and prize-winning poet, begins his new job May 16. “I couldn’t be...

Sonia Sanchez wins $80,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

Apr. 26, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonia Sanchez has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, an $80,000 award that continues a recent wave of lifetime achievement honors for the 87-year-old poet, educator and activist. Her award was announced Tuesday by Poets & Writers ( https://www.pw.org ), the...

Nobelist Louise Glück to publish her first prose narrative

Apr. 25, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louise Glück's next book was as unexpected for her as it will likely be for the Nobel laureate’s readers. After more than 10 poetry collections and two books of essays, including such prize winners as “The Wild Iris” and “Faithful and Virtuous Night,” the...

Hundreds of arts organizations to receive emergency funding

Apr. 14, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of arts organizations is distributing more than $4 million in aid to nonprofits around the U.S. that have sustained losses during the pandemic. The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, established in 2020, includes the Academy of American Poets, the Community...

Novelist Megha Majumdar among winners of Whiting Award

Apr. 06, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Megha Majumdar, whose novel “A Burning” was among the most talked about debuts of recent years, is among 10 recipients of a Whiting Award for emerging authors. Fiction writers Claire Boyles and Nana Nkweti, poets Ina Cariño and Anthony Cody and nonfiction writers Anaïs...

Review: Lost and found in Ocean Vuong's 'Time Is a Mother'

Apr. 06, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

“Time Is a Mother” by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press) Life’s aftermath ebbs and flows throughout Ocean Vuong’s poetry collection “Time Is a Mother.” An ode to his mother’s passing, Vuong orbits the contours of grief, embedding them into clausal configurations and juxtaposed...