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Hannah Sanghee Park Takes Walt Whitman Award

hannahsangheeparkUSC student Hannah Sanghee Park has been selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout as the Academy of American Poets’ 2014 Walt Whitman Award winner.

“The poems in The Same-Different, beginning with a set of gnomic sonnets, tell it slant, then slanted,” stated Armantrout. ”They are so full of chiasmus, pun, and near-rhyme that their figures twist back on themselves like strands of DNA or a staircase by Escher. They are mirror-bright. This book is a literally dazzling debut.”

As the winner, Park gets her first book published, a $5,000 award, a month-long residency at Vermont Studio Center, as well as promotion on Poets.org. The Academy will also purchase thousands of copies of her book and distribute them to members.

Park joins the likes of previous recipients including: Nicole Cooley, Suji Kwock Kim, Eric Pankey, Matt Rasmussen, and Alberto Ríos.

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David Foster Wallace on Your Mac Thesaurus

wallace.jpgYou can get some free writing advice from the great David Foster Wallace while working on your computer.

Every Mac computer contains a copy of the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, a powerful tool for writers that features extra “word notes” from Wallace and a number of other authors, including Rae Armantrout, Joshua Ferris, Francine Prose, Zadie Smith and Simon Winchester.

Author Dave Madden explained how to access the extra material in a post: “It’s part of the built-in dictionary. Type in a word, click on ‘Thesaurus’ in the little bar above, and you’ll get the word-for-word entry from this book I paid money for … Here, as a public service, is the list of words with notes by DFW: as, all of, beg, bland, critique, dialogue, dysphesia, effete, feckless, fervent, focus, hairy, if, impossibly, individual, loan, mucous, myriad, noma (at canker), privilege, pulchritude (at beauty), that, toward, unique, utilize.”

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

nbcclogo23.jpgTonight the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) handed out their annual literary awards at a ceremony in New York City. GalleyCat was there, live-tweeting the ceremony along with a crack team of literary Twitter writers.

The fiction award went to Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall (Holt).

The nonfiction award went to Richard Holmes for The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (Pantheon).

The autobiography award went to Diana Athill for Somewhere Towards the End (Norton).

The biography award went to Blake Bailey for Cheever: A Life (Knopf).

The criticism award went to Eula Biss for Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays (Graywolf Press).

The poetry award went to Rae Armantrout for Versed (Wesleyan).

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