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laurel dowswell

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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 […]

Books in Bloom, Peace Poetry, Potter, Fests & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

Austin African American Book Festival Celebrates Literature The 11th annual festival took place from June 22-24, highlighting such authors as bestselling YA author Angie Thomas, novelist April Sinclair, and Salon Magazine Editor-at-Large D. Watkins. The keynote address was given by author Peniel Joseph, titled “Black History, Literature, and Power in the Age of Black […]

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!