Poetry News

Welcome to the poetry news section. Here you will find the latest news about poets, poetry prizes, poet laureates and more from the Writer's Blog and Readers Read.

Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Emily Dickinson Sitcom (2018-05-30): Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld will play Emily Dickinson in an upcoming series ordered by Apple.

John Yau Wins 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize (2018-05-14): John Yau is the winner of the 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize. The $60,000 prize is awarded by Poets & Writers.

How Many Words is That? (2018-04-16): Find out word counts for different types of writing from tweets to novels including short stories, fiction, novels and more.

Jorie Graham Wins the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award (2017-09-02): Jorie Graham has won the Wallace Stevens Award. The award carries a stiped of $100,000.

Boston Poets Launch City of Notions, Boston's First Anthology of Poetry (2017-07-29): Boston poets have collaborated on the city's first anthology of poetry. It is called City of Notions.

Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit Returns to be Published in September 2017 (2017-03-20): A never-before-published book of children's poems by Shel Silverstein will be published in September, 2017 by HarperCollins.

2016 Costa Book Awards Category Winners Announced (2017-01-04): The category winners of the 2016 Costa Book Awards have been announced.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature (2016-10-13): The literary community was shocked today to learn that singer songwriter Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Committee knows the choice was controversial.

Finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards Announced (2016-10-10): Finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards were announced. Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson lead the fiction category.

Kanye West Writes a Poem About McDonald's French Fries for Frank Ocean's New Art Magazine (2016-09-03): Kanye West wrote a poem about McDonald's french fries for Frank Ocean's new art magazine Boys Don't Cry.

PEN America Announces New $50,000 PEN/Nabokov Award (2016-08-14): Pen America announces the return of the PEN/Nabokov Award, with an international twist to the literary prize. It carries a $50,000 cash purse.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Pens Poem About Protests, Killings and Hope (2016-07-12): U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has written a poem in remembrance of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five police officers gunned down in Dallas.

After Heated Debate, Dr. Maya Angelou Has New Jersey School Named After Her (2016-06-22): Dr. Maya Angelou will have an elementary school named after her in New Jersey after a heated battle over whether to name the school after her or President Obama.

Boston's Sidewalk Poetry Can Only Be Seen When it Rains (2016-05-24): A poetry project in Boston has created poems that only show up when it has rained.

Ed Roberson Wins 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2016-05-23): Ed Roberson is the winner of the 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The award honors a U.S. poet for outstanding lifetime achievement.

Google's AI Writes Poetry After Reading Thousands of Romance Novels (2016-05-19): Google's AI has written several poems after reading thousands of romance novels.

Walt Whitman's Manly Health Tips (2016-05-04): Walt Whitman is one of the best known American poets. He also gave some health advice in articles for the New York Atlas.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Serve Second Term (2016-04-16): 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.

Paul Beatty Wins 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2016-03-20): Paul Beatty won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel The Sellout, a tragicomic look at race relations in America today.

Heathrow Teams With Children's Poets for Easter Weekend Poetry Initiative (2016-03-17): Heathrow airport has teamed with children's authors and poets for a poetry initiative for kids traveling over Easter weekend.