The Mine Poet, NBA Aftermath, Google Translates Verse, 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:

Chile has a rich poetic tradition and during the recent mining incident one of the thirty-three men trapped underground, Víctor Segovia, became known as the "mine poet." (CNN)

The one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Olson was celebrated with a number of events and conferences around the country, including the University of Buffalo's Olson at the Century: A Symposium, which ran last week in New York. (UB Reporter)

Newly crowned Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has signed with Faber to publish a new novel titled The Dream of the Celt in 2012. (Guardian)

Bookstore sales dropped 6.5 percent in August, the largest rate of decline in 2010. (Publishers Weekly)

The Rumpus columnist Steve Almond announced plans to donate 100 percent of the proceeds of sales of his three books to through Election Day.

Apparently in 1977 Stieg Larsson traveled to Africa "where he taught Eritrean women how to fire grenade launchers." (Telegraph)

Publishers Weekly sifts through the aftermath of last week's announcement about the National Book Award finalists.

According to the Guardian, Google is getting into the poetry translation business.

And while we're on the subject, speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to Discovery News.