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 poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes will be interpreted musically in a performance this Saturday at Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery, where both poets are buried. (Boston Globe)
The Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio has been named Library of the Year by Library Journal.
A new imprint called Underwood will produce and release "33 rpm vinyl records featuring writers reading twenty-minute short stories aloud." Nathan Dunne, a former art historian and the founder of Underwood, recalls in the Telegraph how the old Caedmon and Argos labels "brought out records of writers speaking. When James Joyce was reading aloud from Finnegans Wake it was like reggae to me; I didn’t understand half of what he was saying, but it had a lyrical and a melodic quality that absolutely made sense.”
Several unpublished manuscripts by Stieg Larsson have surfaced in Stockholm, Sweden, according to the country's national library. (AFP)
In a related item, all five bestselling paperbacks on the latest Sunday Times list had "girl" in the title, including three titles referencing the same one (Lisbeth Sander from Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy). The Guardian asks the question: Though the use of "girl" for Larsson's title is ironic, does the general use of the term in a title demean women when it is clearly in reference to characters who have "left their youth decisively behind?"
Poets House in New York City will host its annual benefit poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on June 14, with participants treated to mid-crossing readings of Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman by Bill Murray, Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang, Galway Kinnell, and musician Laurie Anderson. (Los Angeles Times)
Meet Mary Louise Cox, the inaugural poet laureate of the Village of Mamaroneck, New York. (Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch)
The National Poetry Awards ceremony will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this August to honor spoken word artists and poets from around the world. (Hip Hop Press) The nomination process closes June 15.