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Academy Prepares for National Poetry Month

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Online Only, posted 3.30.09

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The Academy of American Poets launches on Wednesday the fourteenth annual National Poetry Month, a thirty-day celebration of poetry in American culture. Throughout April, the organization will sponsor events in New York City and initiate poetry-sharing programs nationwide.

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2009 PEN World Voices to Host 160 International Writers and Artists

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Online Only, posted 3.27.09

The fifth annual PEN Word Voices festival will kick off in New York City on April 28, featuring sixty events with writers from forty countries, PEN American Center announced on Wednesday.

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Picador Launches Book Club on Twitter

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Online Only, posted 3.26.09

Every Tuesday the literary trade paperback imprint will choose a new book (published by Picador, of course) and invite readers to discuss it via the social networking and microblogging service—in 140-character text messages called "tweets"—two weeks later.

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HBO Series Highlights the Road to the International Youth Poetry Slam

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Online Only, posted 3.25.09

A new program on youth slam poetry is set to debut on HBO next month. The seven-part series "New Voices," narrated by rapper Queen Latifah, follows forty-four slam teams from seven cities as they advance toward the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival held last year in Washington, D.C.

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Disability Groups Respond to Concerns Over Kindle 2 Text-to-Speech Function

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Online Only, posted 3.24.09

Responding to assertions by the Authors Guild that Amazon's Kindle 2 device, with its text-to-speech function, violates audiobook rights, and Random House's subsequent deactivation of the function for its e-book titles, nine disability groups last week urged publishers to recognize the benefits of the software, which enables books to be spoken in a computerized voice, to people who are blind or suffer from dislexia or other disabilities, and even those who use English as a second language. 

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Family, Friends, Writers React to Suicide of Nicholas Hughes, Son of Sylvia Plath

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Online Only, posted 3.23.09

Nicholas Hughes, the son of the late poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, committed suicide last Monday, forty-six years after his mother took her own life. According to his sister, poet Frieda Hughes, the forty-seven-year-old, who hanged himself in his Alaska home, had struggled with depression for some time.

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