Gone With the Wind Celebrates Seventy-five Years, the Obamas' Poetry Night, and More

5.6.11

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander and friends will join the Obamas for White House poetry night next Wednesday. (Huffington Post)

Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's new documentary Louder Than a Bomb, capturing a piece of the youth poetry slam scene in Chicago, has incited in audiences emotional responses "different than anything I've ever experienced," says Jacobs. (Straight)

The New York Times Learning Network blog has partnered with the Poetry Foundation to present Poetry Pairings, a series that unites the newspaper's content with poems. This week's poem, introduced by two-time U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser, is by eight-year-old Eva Schicke.

Even children's books suffer from gender bias, according to a recent study by a Florida State University sociology professor. (Paper Cuts)

For "Windies" looking to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Gone With the Wind, the Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy blog offers a rundown of events sweeping through Georgia this spring.

Is Detroit's library system a little too family-friendly? As the library faces budget woes, nepotism among leadership is called into question. (Detroit News)

An online exhibit features over one hundred fifty Lolita covers, spanning fifty-four years and thirty-three countries. (via Book Bench)