Tracy K. Smith, Shakespeare, Roxane Gay & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

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!

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Five Poems by Gerard Sarnat

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 […]

Grief by Tom Darin Liskey

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 […]

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 […]