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Prominent poet Robert Bly, author of 'Iron John', dies at 94

Nov. 22, 2021 15:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. He was 94. Bly, an active poet, writer and editor for more than 50 years and a celebrated...

Robert Bly, prominent American poet and author of men’s movement classic 'Iron John,' has died. He was 95.

Nov. 22, 2021 14:20 PM EST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Bly, prominent American poet and author of men’s movement classic 'Iron John,' has died. He was 95.

Award winner Martín Espada among writers in new fellowship

Nov. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winner of the National Book Award for poetry, Martín Espada, is among 20 Puerto Rican writers chosen as the inaugural fellows for a program co-founded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. The Letras...

Sonia Sanchez wins $250,000 prize for lifetime achievement

Oct. 07, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Poet, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez is this year's winner of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $250,000 lifetime achievement honor previously given to Chinua Achebe, Bob Dylan and Maya Lin among others. Established in 1994 through the estate...

Who are the 2021 MacArthur fellows?

Sep. 28, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

Writers, artists, poets, a virologist, activists and filmmakers are among the luminaries named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced 25 people will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The...

National Book Awards ceremony will again be held online

Sep. 24, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, the National Book Awards ceremony will be held online. The National Book Foundation, which presents the awards each fall, announced Friday that it had decided to make the Nov. 17 event virtual because of the pandemic. The...

Dubuque telephone booth offers direct line to poetry

Sep. 23, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A bright blue telephone booth recently appeared in the Millwork District in Dubuque — but those who visit it can’t place an emergency call. The structure, located in the covered walkway connecting East 10th and East 11th streets, is a Telepoem...

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,...