Latest Poetry News

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...

Richard Howard, acclaimed poet-translator, dies at 92

Apr. 01, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Howard, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet celebrated for his exuberant monologues of historical figures and a prolific translator who helped introduce readers to a wide range of French literature, has died at age 92. Howard, a professor emeritus at Columbia...

Clerk helps expand Burmese books at Battle Creek library

Mar. 19, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The shelves at Willard Library feature a plethora of books spanning countless subjects and cultures but until recently there were few Burmese materials available. A passionate library clerk and a generous author have changed that, the Battle Creek...

'The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois' wins book critics award

Mar. 17, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” her epic novel about racism, resilience and identity named for the influential Black scholar and activist, has received the fiction prize from the National Book Critics Circle. The critics circle...