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Carolyn Kizer Has Died

Carolyn KizerPoet Carolyn Kizer has died. She was 89-years-old.

Kizer (pictured, via) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her collection, Yin. Throughout her writing career, she published several volumes of poetry. Follow this link to read a few of Kizer’s poems.

Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: “At 17 she published a poem in the New Yorker (her only poem to appear in that publication, as it turned out)…Throughout her career, she stood up for what she believed, persuading Lyndon Johnson to lift a travel ban against Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1970, and, 28 years later, resigning (along with her friend Maxine Kumin) as a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets to protest the organization’s lack of diversity.”

Blogger Remixes Pop Songs Into Shakespearean Sonnets

shakespeareWilliam Shakespeare has inspired countless artists including songwriters. How would Shakespeare himself tackle this particular craft?

The writer behind the “Pop Sonnets” blog re-imagines modern day pop tracks into Shakespearean-style poems. So far, 23 poetic pieces have been posted.

Some of the songs that have gotten the remix treatment include Journey’sDon’t Stop Believin’,” The Backstreet Boys’I Want it That Way,” and Idina Menzel’sLet it Go.” What do you think? (via The Huffington Post)

92Y to Host a Dylan Thomas Exhibit

92Y“Dylan Thomas in America—A Centennial Exhibition” will be displayed at the 92Y. The curators organized this exhibit in celebration of Thomas’ 100th birthday. The famous Welsh poet first visited this New York City institution back in 1950 for his first reading event in the United States.

Visitors will see photos, letters, postcards, manuscripts and drawings inside the Milton Weill Art Gallery. It will open on October 26, 2014 and close on December 04, 2014. Follow this link to learn more information.

Poetry Blogger’s Collection Becomes a Bestseller

chaser of the lightTyler Knott Gregson’s new poetry anthology has become a bestseller. The collection, entitled Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series, has appeared on the hardcover nonfiction lists at The Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

Gregson regularly posts pieces for the “Daily Haiku on Love” series and the “Typewriter Series” on his blog. The book features poems exclusively from the ”Typewriter Series.” Since launching his blog , Gregson has amassed 259,000 followers on Tumblr, 184,000 followers on Instagram, and 31,000 followers on Twitter.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “According to the publisher, there are 50,000 copies in print, with more in the works. Soon, the book will be sold at the women’s clothing chain, Anthropologie. The author’s social-media audience—heavily skewed toward young women—was important for Perigee, which last published a book of poetry four decades ago.”

Forrest Gander Remixes a Beyoncé Interview Into a Poem

Queen BeyPoet Forrest Gander has created a poetry remix piece called “Bey The Light.” The words were sourced from an interview that diva Beyoncé gave to Dominic Teja Sidhu and Christopher Bartley.

The piece is featured in the recently released issue of CR Fashion Book alongside a photo spread. Beyoncé (pictured, via) did not know that her interview responses would be constructed into a poem. Follow this link to read the full poem.

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How Has Poetry Impacted Your Life?

During a presentation delivered at TED Global 2013, English professor Stephen Burt publicly declares himself to be a “word person” and a fan of poems.

In the video embedded above, Burt shares some of his thoughts on “Why People Need Poetry.” He also recites pieces by A.E. HousmanWallace Stevens, and John Keats.

Every year during the month of April, the country comes together to celebrate National Poetry Month. How has poetry impacted your life?

Christine Heppermann: ‘Read with inflection and emotion but not affectation.’

Christine HeppermannHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we spoke with poets about working in this digital age. To end our month-long celebration, we interviewed writer Christine Heppermann.

Heppermann (pictured, via) worked as a columnist and reviewer for The Horn Book from 1996 until 2013. In addition to poetry, she also writes nonfiction and fiction for young readers. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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4th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Kickstarter

The Poetry Society of New York hopes to raise $10,000 for the 4th Annual New York City Poetry Festival. The organizers will use the money to host a 2-day event on Governor’s Island.

Some of the poets who have signed on to appear at this event include Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, and Joyelle McSweeney. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This year we will welcome back more than 50 New York City poetry groups, including venerable institutions, upstarts, small presses, local reading series, literary journals, high school poetry teams, and more to The Festival’s three stages. If year’s past are any indication, over 250 poets will present and wow those gathered with their moment at the mic.”

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Poetry on the TED Stage

ted logoAs we end our National Poetry Month celebration, we’ve collected three TED videos on poetry.

The list features poets who have given poetic performances on the TED stage. This trio includes Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, award-winning poet Malcolm London, and author Suheir Hammad.

For more recommendations, visit the TED blog and check out a post entitled “3 thoroughly slamming spoken word performances.” Which poets do you nominate to perform at future conferences?

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Tom Hiddleston Reads ‘Sonnet 18′ by William Shakespeare

As we prepare to bid farewell to National Poetry Month, we’ve uncovered a video featuring The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”

Hiddleston delivered this performance for “The Love Book” app. It features a collection of poems, short stories, quotes and letters. What’s your favorite love poem?

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