Tracy K. Smith is the New Poet Laureate of the United States…The poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection, Life on Mars, and a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction for her memoir, Ordinary Light, will begin her new post with the Library of Congress in September of this year. Congratulations Tracy K. Smith!
HIGH DUDGEON “The Dungeness crab, Cancer magister, is a species that inhabits eelgrass beds and water bottoms on the west coast of North America.” — Wikipedia Catching the crabs when I rendezvoused with an ex-patient that havoc-choked sophomoric freshman year at Stanford Medical School, in retrospect 1981 was […]
Lit Fests, Dystopian Fiction, a Parthenon of Banned Books & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
The outdoor literary festival took place over the weekend, bringing readers, writers, editors, collectors and more to the historic Printers Row neighborhood.
The incense wafts in thick coils, creating ghost-like apparitions that drift in the penumbra of this makeshift tabernacle that once served as a barn in southeast Texas. From the window next to me, I catch the sudden flash of spreading peacock feathers. The bird is perched on a fence […]
RIP Denis Johnson, New Arundhati Roy, Poetry for Manchester, and more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
Novelist, poet, and playwright Denis Johnson passed away on May 24. National Book Award winner for Tree of Smoke, as well as the author of the short story collection Jesus’ Son was 67.
Years ago, I had a landlord, Lou, who worked as a night-time taxi driver. During the day, he wore golf shirts and slacks. For his shift, he would put on a leather vest, jeans, leather fingerless gloves, and a leather wide-brimmed hat. He would say, “It’s important to […]
Global Prizes, Amazon Charts, Poets House & the Brooklyn Bridge and more! Your Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
The 2017 Etisalat Literature Prize Goes to… Jowhor Ile – for his book, And after Many Days. He will receive £15,000, an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African countries, a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen. Congratulations! The Debut of Amazon Charts On May […]
The American Writers Museum, Hillary & the BookExpo, Joy Harjo and More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
American Writers Museum Opens in Chicago The American Writers Museum opens its doors today in Chicago. The 11,000 square feet space houses timelines, placards, a word “waterfall” with interactive games, and more. A small selection of the writers represented include Mark Twain, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Harriet Beecher […]
They will tell you to soften yourself. They will tell you to be nice. They will tell you to tell them they are great. They will tell you the sky is green. They will laugh when you say no. They will tell you, but we all know it […]
J.K. Rowling Announces New Online Book Club Harry Potter fans unite! The Wizarding World Book Club “aims to surprise and delight those who have never read a Harry Potter book, as well as returning readers who want to join the conversation.” The club will launch in June in celebration […]