2011 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

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The National Book Awards finalists have been announced. For the genre of poetry, the finalists are:

Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
(TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Carl Phillips, Double Shadow
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
(W.W. Norton & Company)

Bruce Smith, Devotions
(University of Chicago Press)


The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

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Release Date
October 25th, 2011
An unparalled survey of the best poems of the past century
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing
important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.
Rita Dove is an award-winning poet, former U .S. Poet Laureate, and Presidential Scholar. She has published numerous volumes of poetry, fiction, plays, and essays. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, the writer Fred Viebahn.
Penguin Books
Review http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-21/entertainment/ct-ae-1023-lit-life-main-20111021_1_poet-laureate-rita-dove-nikki-giovanni

Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

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Occupy Wall Street Poetry Update

Plus, read an INTERVIEW with Stephen Boyer and Filip Marinovich at HuffPost.

Word Circus

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If You Want to Understand Occupy Wall Street, You Have to Talk to the Poets

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“Occupy Wall Street and the Poetry of Now-Time,” by Aaron Gell, The New York Observer: http://www.observer.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-and-the-poetry-of-now-time/

Wallace Stevens Award

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Yusef Komunyakaa has been selected as the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award recipient. The Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets make the decision for this award, and the recipient recieves $100,000. There will be a reading by all the 2011 Academeny of American Poets award recipients in New York City on Friday, October 21. The other awards and winners include: Joan Larkin- Academy Fellowship; C.D. Wright- Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Jeffrey Angles- Harold Morton Landon Translation Award; Dominic Siracusa- Raiziss/de Palchi Prize; Anna Moschovakis- James Laughlin Award; and Elana Bell- Walt Whitman Award.

For those not able to travel to NYC, keep in mind that Yusef Komunyakaa will be giving a reading in March at Kent State. I will post more on that when the time comes closer.

National Day on Writing

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Activities for the National Day on Writing can be found from the NYTimes Learning Network and their partners, Figment, The National Writing Project, and Edutopia. One suggested activity is to tweet about #whyIwrite. Why do I write?

That’s like asking why I breathe or drink water #whyIwrite

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