National Poetry Slam, Literary Awards & a Toni Morrison Video You Need To See – Your Weekly Lit News Roundup

National Poetry Slam Takes Place in Denver

Bringing together hundreds of poets and thousands of fans from across North America, the event included workshops, open mics, and competitions including the “Haiku Death Match.”

Danielle Brooks, one of the host city co-chairs for the 2017 National Poetry Slam says,

“It’s the human experience,” she said. “Life is not easy and that hasn’t changed over the centuries. Much like anything in society and our world, poetry is not dead. It gives people the chance to voice their specific lens.”


A Busy Week for Global Literary Awards!

It was a very active week for literary awards. Congratulations to all!

Longlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Jon Chopan awarded 2017 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.

Yonadav Kaplun and Mira Kedar win 2017 Jewish Culture Prize for Literature.

2017 Hugo Awards announced with Best Novel going to N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate.

Because we could all use a little more Fiona in our lives…

Baby Hippo That Blazed Across the Internet Will Be Included in New Children’s Book

Fiona is getting her own children’s book. Saving Fiona: Science, Social Media, and the Story of a Baby Hippo will be published in January 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers and penned by Thane Maynard, the director of the Cincinnati Zoo.


But wait, there’s more!

The latest happenings from the National Book Critic’s Circle.

Hanya Yanagihara lives in a one bedroom apartment with 12,000 books.

There a lot of *#@!ing swear words in American books. 

The best books about David Bowie. 

Our Video of the Week is for Charlottesville…Author Toni Morrison on white supremacy…”If you can only be tall, because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem.”

Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am the Eggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, a lot of red wine, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on Twitter @laurels_idea.

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