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Posts Tagged ‘Sharon Olds’

Adam Johnson Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

After no Pulitzer Prize for fiction winner last year, the Pulitzer jury picked The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson for the fiction prize in 2013. See all the finalists at this link.

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar won the drama prize. Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall won for history.

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss won biography and Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds won poetry. Finally, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King won general nonfiction.

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Caroline Kennedy Celebrates National Poetry Month

This week Caroline Kennedy appeared at a New York City Barnes & Noble to celebrate National Poetry Month and promote the release of her new book, She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Poet Sharon Olds (who has two pieces in Kennedy’s book)  joined her onstage.

Kennedy (pictured, via) explained why she took on this project: “One of the reasons why I worked on this book is because so many people think of poetry as a solitary art form; one poet writing alone and the reader far away. But, I think what we all see here today is that poetry can really be of value for a community … And since poems are meant to be heard, reading a poem really starts a conversation.”

Olds read several poems including “Leap Before You Look” by W.H. Auden, “to my last period” by Lucille Clifton, her own “High School Senior.” One fan requested “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in” by e.e. cummings, and Olds complied. Kennedy concluded the evening by personally reading “Chocolate” by Rita Dove.