Tariq Ramadan Granted Visa, Oregon Accepting Applications for Poet Laureate Post, and More


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:

The Obama administration granted a visa waiver to the Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was barred from assuming a tenured position at the University of Notre Dame by the Bush administration in 2004 (Press Release).

The e-reader wars are heating up as Amazon opened the Kindle to third-party apps and Apple representatives spent the week in New York City talking with trade publishers (New York Times).

A group of publishers retained bankruptcy counsel after Borders Group delayed in making scheduled payments (Financial Times).

Sourcebooks, the Chicago-based publisher of the successful Poetry Speaks anthology series, launched a Web site where consumers can pay to download poems (Publishing Perspectives).

The state of Oregon is now accepting applications for its poet laureate position (OregonLive).

Booklocker and Amazon have reached a settlement agreement in the antitrust lawsuit filed by Booklocker against the Web retailer in 2008 (Publishers Weekly).

An Israeli court ordered the release of an archive of original Franz Kafka manuscripts previously stored in a cat-infested apartment in Tel Aviv (Telegraph).

The latest set of Australian Legend stamps will feature six award-winning novelists, the first time Ausi writers have received such an honor (Sydney Morning Herald).

A librarian in Georgia raised over twenty thousand dollars for the Haitian relief effort after pledging his own savings in a matching funds drive (Library Journal).