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Walt Whitman's Manly Health Tips

Walt Whitman was one of the best known American poets. In addition to his famous poetry, he also contributed articles and stories to newspapers and other publications. His writing include articles published under the pseudonym Mose Velsor for the New York Atlas. A health guide published by Whitman was recently rediscovered. Read more... May 4, 2016

Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill Defends Doctor Strange Casting Decision

Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has been getting a lot of grief over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. In the comics on which the film is based, The Ancient One is Tibetan. So casting Tilda Swinton really threw some fans for a loop. Other argue it's refreshing to rewrite the role as a woman and that no one does Otherworldly better than Tilda. Read more... April 25, 2016

Singer Songwriter Prince Dead at 57

Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter and performer Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, was found dead at his home in Minnesota this morning. No cause of death has been reported, although he had been suffering from the flu. On Friday his private plane was diverted to Illinois and he was rushed to a local hospital for an undisclosed medical emergency. He was released and flew home to Chanhassen, Minnesota. Read more... April 21, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Serve Second Term

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will serve a second term as the 21st Poet Laureate. The announcement was made by the Library of Congress. Herrera says he was given an inspiration tsunami from the communities he visited during his first term. Herrera's second term will begin on September 1st, 2016. Read more... April 16, 2016

Mia Alvar Wins 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Mia Alvar has won the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for her story collection In the Country. The award carries a $25,000 cash prize. The nine stories in the collection illuminate experiences based on the global migration of Filipinos to other countries with different cultures and how that affected the immigrants. Ms. Alvar's debut story collection won the 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and landed on many top Best Books of 2015 lists. Read more... April 12, 2016

Toni Morrison to be Awarded the 2016 Edward MacDowell Medal

Novelist Toni Morrison will be awarded the 2016 Edward MacDowell Medal. The award will be presented to Ms. Morrison by The MacDowell Colony on Sunday, August 14th at a ceremony that is open to the public. The award is given to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture. Past Medal recipients include Georgia O'Keefe, John Updike, Joan Didion, Betye Saar and Gunther Schuller Read more... April 10, 2016

J.K. Rowling Shares Rejection Letters With Fans

J.K. Rowling has a huge following on Twitter, and many aspiring writers go there for inspiration when thing are not going well. Many people asked her if she would share some of her rejection letters. She said that the ones for Harry Potter are packed away in her attic, but she shared two of them that she received for her first crime novel writing under the name of Robert Galbraith. Read more... March 25, 2016

Paul Beatty Wins 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

American author Paul Beatty has won the fiction category of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his fourth novel, The Sellout. The novel was described by The New York Times as the year's "most cheerfully outrageous satire" about race relations in America. But Beatty himself resists the satirist label he's been given by reviewers. Read more... March 20, 2016

Newly Discovered H.P. Lovecraft Manuscript About Superstition to be Sold At Auction

Potter & Potter Auctions of Chicago is auctioning off a long lost manuscript by H.P. Lovecraft that he was commissioned to write by famed magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Lovecraft scholars are familiar with the outline of the book and the first chapter, but this is he first time that this extended manuscript has been found. Read more... March 18, 2016

Heathrow Teams With Children's Poets for Easter Weekend Poetry Initiative

Flying has become even more unpleasant in the U.S. with extremely long lines being reported by the TSA. Holiday travel is even busier. But for those traveling over Easter in England, a little poetry might help make the travel experience more pleasant. Heathrow Airport has teamed up with children's authors and poets Michael Rosen, Danny Wallace, Laura Dockrill and MG Leonard to bring poetry to the airport. Read more... March 17, 2016

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