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Louis Menand among nonfiction National Book Award nominees

Sep. 16, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. On Thursday, the National Book...

Poet Patricia Smith wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

Sep. 14, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, a $100,000 honor presented by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. Previous winners include W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan and the current poet laureate, Joy Harjo. Smith is known for...

Met Gala returns in style with Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rihanna

Sep. 14, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish went full glam in a huge peach ball gown at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night, while fellow host of the evening Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in cobalt blue custom Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair. Rihanna,...

Mankato professor named Minnesota's 1st Native poet laureate

Sep. 09, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Dakota scholar, author and artist has been named Minnesota's poet laureate, the first time the honor has been bestowed upon a Native American, the governor's office announced Thursday. Minnesota State University, Mankato English professor Gwen...

Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus

Aug. 22, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I couldn’t even read, much less...

Pandemic fiction: Fall books include stories of the virus

Aug. 18, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I couldn’t even read, much less...

In her name: Amanda Gorman Award honors high school poets

Aug. 12, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amanda Gorman can still remember when she was just another young poet trying to find her voice. Gorman and Penguin Random House have established the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry, a $10,000 prize for public high school students who submit the best...

Dillard professor, folklorist next Louisiana poet laureate

Aug. 10, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An English professor and folklorist at a historically Black private university in New Orleans will become Louisiana’s poet laureate on Saturday. “It is such an honor to represent my home state. It is something I never thought would happen,”...

5 high school students are named National Student Poets

Jul. 28, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R.C. Davis is a rising high school senior in Oak Park, Illinois, who uses poetry to explore his feelings about gender and family. Kechi Mbah is a rising senior in Houston who first connected to poetry through a competition she watched on YouTube. Sarah Fathima Mohammed, a...

Wisconsin man's poetry defines raw emotion of dairy farming

Jul. 26, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

ARENA, Wis. (AP) — The words are about soil, tools and cows. There is talk of family and friends, chores at dawn, walks along a creek. Daniel Smith’s poetry also tells the stories of the physical and emotional pain of farming, a profession,...