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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.
Egypt Jails Female Poet Fatima Naoot for Insulting Islam (2016-01-27): 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 (2015-11-24): 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 (2015-11-05): 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 (2015-09-28): 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 (2015-09-19): Kevin Spacey wrote a comic poem for his idol Carol Burnett and then delivered it while doing his best Jimmy Stewart impersonation.
University of Akron Press is Back in Business (2015-08-23): After a huge backlash over the gutting of the University of Akron Press' budge and staff, the Trustees have relented and are rehiring all the staff.
Richard Blanco Reads New Poem at Opening of U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba (2015-08-14): Inaugural poet Richard Blanco read his new poem, Matters of the Sea, at the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. He discusses his inspiration for the poem.
Someone Smoked Cannabis in Shakespeare's Backyard, Say Researchers (2015-08-10): South African researchers used a top drug lab to test pipes found in Shakespeare's garden and in his neighborhood. In his time some one was smoking cannabis and cocaine. But who?
Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-07-09): Juan Felipe Herrera has been appointed the new U.S. Poet Laureate. He is the first Lationo U.S. poet laureate.
Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People's Poet Laureate (2015-06-04): Jacqueline Woodson has been named the new Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of Brown Girl Dreaming.
Researcher Says He has Found the First True Portrait of William Shakespeare (2015-05-21): Botanist and researcher mark Griffiths says he has discovered the first contemporary portrait of William Shakespeare. It is the first true image of what the Bard looked like.
First International Dylan Thomas Day is May 14, 2015 (2015-05-11): Literature Wales has declared May 14th as Dylan Thomas Day from hence forward. There are many events, including helping the Welsh poet laureate create a new poem.
Anthony Doerr Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for All the Light We Cannot See (2015-04-20): All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Elizabeth Kolbert won for General Nonfiction.
2015 Pen Literary Awards Shortlists Announced (2015-04-16): The PEN American Center announced the shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards.Cynthia Bond, Phil Klay are two of the authors on the Debut Fiction shortlist.
T.S. Eliot's Summer Home to Become Writer's Retreat, Complete With Ghost (2015-03-31): Nobel Prize winning poet and author T.S. Eliot's childhood home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will be a writer's retreat. The last owner said he used to see Eliot's ghost.
Nobel Prize Winning Poet Tomas Transtromer Dead at 83 (2015-03-28): Swedish poet, author and translator Tomas Transtromer has died at the age of 83. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011.
MoMA Commissions 10 Works From Top Poets for Jacob Lawrence Exhibition (2015-03-26): The New York Museum of Modern Art has asked ten top poets to write poems inspired by the Jacob Lawrence exhibit. The poems will be read at an event on May 1st.