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Last Day of National Poetry Month Brings Change for NYC Commuters

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Online Only, posted 4.30.08

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that it will no longer post poems on New York City subways as part of the Poetry in Motion program launched by the Poetry Society of America (PSA) fifteen years ago. PSA established Poetry in Motion with the MTA in 1992, displaying posters with excerpts of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Lucille Clifton, and others on subway cars where advertisements would otherwise appear.

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Stanley Plumly and Andrew O'Hagan Win Big in LA

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Online Only, posted 4.29.08

Last Friday Stanley Plumly was awarded a 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his tenth poetry collection, Old Heart (Norton), at a ceremony at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Master of ceremonies Gay Talese presided at the annual event, during which awards were given in nine categories. Andrew O'Hagan won the award in fiction for his third novel Be Near Me (Harcourt), and Dinaw Mengestu won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction for The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead Books). Each winner received a thousand dollars.

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Muldoon and Williams Among New Members of American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Online Only, posted 4.28.08

Poet Paul Muldoon and fiction writer Joy Williams were recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor given to "those who have reached the highest level of artistic achievement." Muldoon is the poetry editor of the New Yorker as well as Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor and chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. His most recent collection is Horse Latitudes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006). Williams's most recent book is the story collection Honored Guest (Knopf, 2004).

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Son Will Publish, Not Destroy, Nabokov's Unfinished Novel

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Online Only, posted 4.25.08

Vladimir Nabokov's son, Dmitri, recently announced that he will publish his father's unfinished novel, titled "The Original of Laura," ending a years-long debate over whether he would carry out his father's order to destroy the book. "I'm a loyal son and thought long and seriously about it," Dmitri told Der Spiegel, the German news magazine. "Then my father appeared before me and said, with an ironic grin, 'You're stuck in a right old mess—just go ahead and publish!'"

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Cynthia Ozick Wins Not One but Two PEN Awards

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Online Only, posted 4.24.08

Cynthia Ozick, the author of five story collections, including Dictation, published last month by Houghton Mifflin, recently received two lifetime achievement awards.

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Nine Authors Shift Gears to Write Collaborative Novella for Lexus

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Online Only, posted 4.23.08

Lexus Magazine, a quarterly for owners of the luxury cars, recently launched the first installment of its 2008 Lexus Original Fiction Series, which will feature the work of nine notable authors, including Arthur Phillips, Richard McCann, and Curtis Sittenfeld. The series amounts to a collaborative novella titled In the Belly of the Beast. (The main characters of the story lovingly refer to—and constantly comment on—their Lexus IS F as "Beast” as they travel across country.)

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