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Louisville bookstore owner champions underrepresented voices

Jul. 4, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — About a year ago, the upstairs space above Nanny Goat Bookstore, nestled inside a rehabbed church on Clay Street, was packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder for a first-of-its-kind “Queer poetry slam.” After all the registered speakers had completed their...

Illinois seeking new poet laureate, state's 1st since 2017

Jul. 3, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is looking for a new poet laureate. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched a search committee to fill the post, which has been vacant since 2017. He said Illinois has been home to talented poets including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sandra Cisneros, and he wants to hear from "the...

Most board members resign from thriller writers association

Jun. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight of 10 board members and the executive director have resigned from International Thriller Writers, a professional association which has faced widespread criticism for its responses to the Black Lives Matters protests and an author's allegations she was harassed during a writers...

Asturias award honors Canadian poet and essayist Anne Carson

Jun. 18, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Canadian essayist and poet Anne Carson, author of the 1986 non-fiction book “Eros the Bittersweet,” will be honored this year with one of Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Awards. The jury of the literature award — one of the eight handed out annually by a...

Top officials at Poetry Foundation resign amid criticisms

Jun. 10, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two top officials at one of the country's leading poetry organizations have stepped down amid criticism over its response to the protests against police violence and racism. The Poetry Foundation announced Wednesday that its president, Henry Bienen, and board chairman, Willard Bunn III,...

FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn sits in his home in Santa Fe, N.M. A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to famed art and antiquities collector Fenn who created the treasure hunt. Fenn, 89, told the Santa Fe New Mexican on Sunday, June 7, 2020, that a man who did not want his name released located the chest a few days ago and the discovery was confirmed by a photograph the man sent him. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

Treasure chest hidden in Rocky Mountains finally found

Jun. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt. Forrest Fenn, 89, told the...

Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73

May. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate...

Mississippi poet is awarded Guggenheim fellowship

May. 24, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi professor who has published four collections of poetry has been named a Guggenheim Fellow. Aimee Nezhukumatathil said in a university news release that she will use the fellowship to focus on “a new collection of poems inspired by natural history and...

Pulitzer Prize winner's works inspired by Shreveport roots

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Jericho Brown has come a long way from being a kid with a knack for getting in trouble in school to becoming an educator and Pulitzer Prize winner. On Monday (May 4), the Shreveport native was announced as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his latest published...