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 […]
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.
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 […]
Independent Bookstore Day Celebrated The official Independent Bookstore Day is the last day of April each year. Bringing author readings, music and kids events and more, indie bookstores from all over celebrate this special Saturday. Indie bookstores are vital, enthusiastic, and community-building centers of literature, poetry, and creativity. Love […]
The 2017 winners were announced on Monday, 4/10. Colson Whitehead won the fiction award for The Underground Railroad. The poetry honor was awarded to Tyehimba Jess for Olio.
Such an isolated place. Where they lived. To give directions to a stranger would be impossible. Off the main arterial road everything round here dissolves into narrow capillaries known only by the name of someone’s house, field, or barn. Their place was set on the edge of a […]
First Known English Publication of Fiction Out of North Korea Lands in U.S. The Accusation, a collection of short stories by the pseudonymous North Korean writer Bandi, was just released in the English language in the UK (Serpent’s Tail) on March 2, and in the US on March […]
Indigenous Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann Wins $215,000 Literary Prize The Australian writer and poet won a Windham-Campbell prize. Eckermann, currently unemployed, is living in Adelaide. She says the prize money will allow her to reunite with her son and grandson. Other writers in the 2017 grant round include the […]
They hadn’t been hiding, and they weren’t hiding now, her parents said—but then, she couldn’t have said what they had been doing, other than hiding half-asleep in the grain shack, waiting for night, when they could finally go out to beg food from the least hostile neighbors. […]
I know what it’s like to be ugly. I grew up the boy with the long sloping nose, a hill fit for skiers and a mouthful of large donkey teeth. My shriveled hand looked like something preserved in a pickle jar, never able to uncurl itself from being […]