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Burmese Poet Gets Two Years in Prison for Eight-Line Poem

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Online Only, posted 11.12.08

The Burmese poet Saw Wai was sentenced on Monday to two years in prison for writing a love poem that contains a hidden criticism of the Burmese dictator General Than Shwe.

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Nam Le Wins Dylan Thomas Prize

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Online Only, posted 11.11.08

Nam Le was recently awarded the second biennial Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut short story collection, The Boat (Knopf).

 

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Harryette Mullen and Barry Hannah Among This Year's USA Fellows

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Online Only, posted 11.10.08

United States Artists (USA) today announced the recipients of the third annual USA Fellowship grants. The nine literature fellows for 2008 are poets Forrest Gander, Laura Kasischke, Lê Thi Diem Thúy, Joy Harjo, A. Van Jordan, and Harryette Mullen, novelists Barry Hannah and Tayari Jones, and nonfiction writer Jeff Chang.

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Penn State Celebrates Roethke's One Hundredth Birthday

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Online Only, posted 11.07.08

Penn State celebrates this week the one hundredth anniversary of Theodore Roethke's birth.

 

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Will a Poet Read at Obama's Inauguration?

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Online Only, posted 11.06.08

A president is not obligated to have a poet read at his inauguration, but Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric and eloquent speaking style that captivated millions during his long campaign has some wondering if he will invite a poet to read a little something next January.

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Now That Obama's Elected, What Can Writers Expect?

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Online Only, posted 11.05.08

Now that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the United States, he will begin to put his ambitious plan for the country in motion. Of special importance to poets and writers is his stated agenda for the arts. According to the president elect’s Web site, “[T]he arts should be a central part of effective teaching and learning.”

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