Robots and Young Writers: Your Latest Lit News by Emily Ramser

As always, interesting things are happening in the writing world. First off, there are robots writing. Instead of writing novels, though, they’re writing sports articles.

A Machine is Writing Articles for the Sports Pages

The Associated Press is using a writing algorithm from Automated Insights and data from MLBAM (the baseball league’s official statistician) to report on Minor League Baseball. The AP hopes this will allow the organization to have a more comprehensive coverage of Minor League games. They do not plan to replace human journalists completely with the program, however.

When we hear news like this, it’s easy to get worried about the future of writing. Don’t be too concerned, though; the next generation of writers is already gearing up.

Mighty Writers Plan to Set Guinness World Record of Kids Writing

Mighty Writers is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that teaches students ages seven to 17 how to write. The nonprofit is attempting to set a world record for the greatest number of kids writing at the same place and same time on July 26 on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Around 3,000 students are expected to participate.

Poetry Moves: Young Poets’ Works Adorn C-Train Buses

C-Tran buses are displaying poems by elementary, middle, and high school students as a part of C-Tran’s Poetry Moves Project. All of the students in the project have been a part of Luna’s Poets in the Schools program. The poems are meant to brighten the trips of passengers. As someone who takes the bus fairly frequently as of late, I hope other transportation companies will begin doing this as well. The poems will remain in the buses for the rest of the year.  

In Philadelphia there is a new poet making waves: Otter Jung-Allen named the Philadelphia Youth Poet.

Otter Jung-Allen is the city’s fourth-ever Youth Poet. The laureateship is a year long and during it, Jung-Allen, a transgender high school senior, hopes to use their position as a way to talk about white privilege, queer visibility, and slam poetry.

“They’re going to say, ‘Hi, you’re trans. I’m trans, too. Let’s talk,’ ” Jung-Allen said. “Which is something that I pray for because I think it’s really important to have that sort of connection. And then I want to uplift those people, to say, ‘You’re trans, you have a poem, let me read it. Let’s showcase it here.’ “

Jung-Allen is not the only one to win a literary award of some kind, however. Here are a couple other literary awards that have been given out this past week:  

If you’re looking for something to read, check out the works of some of the above award winners. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, give some of these recently published articles a read:

Happy summer reading!

Photo by Joe Zlomek via MorgueFile
Photo by Joe Zlomek via MorgueFile






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Emily Ramser is an undergraduate studying English, Creative Writing, and Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Some of her inspirations include Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bhanu Kapil, Andrea Gibson, Gabriel Gudding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gail Simone, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Check out her black out poetry collection I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me. You can find more of her work at her blog.

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