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Jorie Graham Wins the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award (September 2, 2017): 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 (July 29, 2017): Boston poets have collaborated on the city's first anthology of poetry. It is called City of Notions.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature (October 13, 2016): 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 (October 10, 2016): 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 (September 3, 2016): 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 (August 14, 2016): 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 (July 12, 2016): 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 (June 22, 2016): 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 (May 24, 2016): A poetry project in Boston has created poems that only show up when it has rained.

Ed Roberson Wins 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (May 23, 2016): 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 (May 19, 2016): Google's AI has written several poems after reading thousands of romance novels.

Walt Whitman's Manly Health Tips (May 4, 2016): 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 (April 16, 2016): 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 (March 20, 2016): 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 (March 17, 2016): Heathrow airport has teamed with children's authors and poets for a poetry initiative for kids traveling over Easter weekend.

Egypt Jails Female Poet Fatima Naoot for Insulting Islam (January 27, 2016): Poet Fatima Naoot has been sentenced to jail for 3 years by an Egyptian court for insulting Islam.

Poet and Artist Ashraf Fayadh Sentenced to Death by Saudi Arabia (November 24, 2015): Poet and artist Ashraf Fayad has been sentenced to death by Saudi Arabian court on the grounds his poetry promotes atheism and spreads destructive thoughts.

Amazon's New Poetry Contest Offers $5,000 Cash Prize and Publishing Contract (November 5, 2015): Amazon's Little A literary imprint is launching a poetry contest to discover emerging poets. Judges are Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady and Kimiko Hahn.

DePauw Dean of Libraries Spending Week in a Fortress of Banned Books (September 28, 2015): Rick Provine, the Dean of Libraries of DePauw University is spending Banned Books Week behind a fortress of banned books at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Kevin Spacey Reads a Poem He Wrote for Carol Burnett (September 19, 2015): Kevin Spacey wrote a comic poem for his idol Carol Burnett and then delivered it while doing his best Jimmy Stewart impersonation.