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ABRAMS & Tumblr Partner for a Month-Long Poetry Bomb

Everyone is invited to “#poetrybomb together all month long!” ABRAMS and Tumblr have partnered up to launch the Poetry Bomb tumblr to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The site shines a spotlight on poems and words of advice from poets. A recent post features a postcard from former Poet Laureate of Virginia Rita Dove with this bit of wisdom: “Love reading first and the poetry will find its place…then write and love the work of writing.”

On April 30th, the PoetryBomb party and live reading event will be held at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City. Some of the special guests set to attend include Paul Muldoon, Cathy Park Hong, and Leigh Stein. “Free drinks while they last!”

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James Richardson Wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

Poets & Writers has named James Richardson as the winner of this year’s $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

Here’s more from the release: “Richardson’s most recent books are By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award,Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms(Ausable, 2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (Ausable, 2001).”

This award honors talented poets, giving them time and encouragement to write. Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Gerald Stern served as this year’s judges.

W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate

merwin.jpgThe Librarian of Congress has appointed W.S. Merwin as the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.

Merwin (pictured, via) has written for the last 60 years, winning the 2005 National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Currently, he is published by Copper Canyon Press. Last year the prestigious post was held by Kay Ryan, and other laureates have included Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, and Rita Dove.

The Poetry Foundation has an excellent selection of his work. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington had this statement: “WMerwin is universally regarded as a premier figure in the literary world … His poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience.”