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Poets Gather for Cultural Festival Before Olympics

The Olympics may be a couple of weeks away, but the festivities are already beginning in the literary world.

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the games’ arts and culture festival, more than 200 poets from around the world came together over the past few days for an open forum on poetry called Poetry Parnassus.

The Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli told The New York Times that it “widens your understanding of life and of humanity,’ and enables poets to ‘relativize what is happening’ in their own lives and country and  ’to feel part of this global chorus.’”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Katie Couric on Her First Book: ‘I Don’t Really Consider This My Book’

Random House will release TV news anchor Katie Couric‘s first book on April 12th. The Best Advice I Ever Got will be a collection of essays, commentary, and poems Couric collected from 114 celebrities. She wrote the book’s introduction and introduced each section.

According to The New York Times, Couric’s former Today Show partner Matt Lauer composed an essay, Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet wrote a poem, and Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone provided a tweet. Other contributors included rock star Sheryl Crow, Google executive Eric Schmidt, and novelist Salman Rushdie.

In a telephone interview, Couric explained: “Some [entries] are maybe four or five pages long. Some are maybe two lines … I don’t really consider this my book. It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.” She went on to reveal that the book’s contents discusses topics such as the power of tenacity and finding your passion in work. (via TV Newser)

Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews Win Audiobook Grammy Awards

Last night, Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award for Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. Julie Andrews and her daughter (Emma Walton Hamilton) won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children award for the poetry collection, Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies.

In the video embedded above, Andrews reads a poem. Andrews also won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In her acceptance speech earlier this month, the actress talked about her work as a children’s author.

When Stewart read at a New York City Barnes & Noble, he explained the book’s premise: “This is the entirety of the human experience. How we got here, what we did while we were here, and obviously, how we’re leaving. We’ll tell you, it’s really quite funny.”

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Free Rhyming Dictionary Online

Believe it or not, this GalleyCat editor once attempted to write a private detective epic poem. The project stalled for many reasons, but primarily because we are TERRIBLE at making rhymes.

To help all the struggling poets in the audience, we’ve uncovered Free Online Rhyming Dictionary.

The online tool allows poets to select from six different kinds of rhymes. End Rhymes (blue/shoe), Last Syllable Rhymes (timber/harbor), Double Rhymes (conviction/prediction), Triple Rhymes (frightening/brightening), Beginning Rhymes (physics/fizzle), and First Syllable Rhymes (carrot/caring). For $19.99, you can download a desktop copy of the dictionary with a host of other features.

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