Daily News from Poets & Writers

Bush Asks for $18 Million Increase to NEA Budget

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President George W. Bush is requesting that Congress increase the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts by $18 million in 2005. The proposal would raise the NEA's budget from $121 million in 2004 to $139 million in 2005. It would be the largest increase since 1984.

Poetry Foundation Gets a Dose of Wall Street

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The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, formerly known as the Modern Poetry Association, the publisher of Poetry magazine, recently named John Barr as its president. Barr, a founder and managing director of SG Barr Devlin Associates, an investment banking firm in New York City, is also a published poet and a president emeritus of the nonprofit Poetry Society of America.

Barnes & Noble Announces Finalists for Discover Awards

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Barnes & Noble, Inc. recently announced the finalists for the 2003 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The winners in each category will receive $10,000. Second-place finalists receive $2,500, and third-place finalists receive $1,000. The winners will be named on March 3.

D. B. C. Pierre Bags Booker Prize

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Australian-born novelist D.B.C. Pierre won the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Vernon God Little, published by Faber & Faber. He received £50,000 (approximately $80,000). Pierre was chosen from a shortlist including Monica Ali, Margaret Atwood, Damon Galgut, Zoë Heller, and Clare Morrall.


Dodge Poetry Festival Gets New Digs

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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America, is changing venues. The event, previously held at Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey, is moving to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

And Then There Were Six: Booker Shortlist Announced

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Winnowed from a group of 23 semi-finalists, six authors were recently shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. The annual prize is given for the best novel published in the current year and is open to writers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth.

Louise Glück Named U.S. Poet Laureate

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Louise Glück will be the next U.S. poet laureate, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington recently announced. She will succeed Billy Collins, who served two one-year terms.


Joseph Parisi Resigns From Poetry Foundation

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Joseph Parisi recently resigned as executive director of publications and programs of the Poetry Foundation, formerly known as the Modern Poetry Association, the publisher of Poetry magazine. Parisi, who was editor of the 91-year-old literary magazine for twenty years, was named executive director of the foundation in June.

Copper Canyon Press Names New Publisher

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Sid Farrar, the former executive director of the Minneapolis nonprofit literary press Milkweed Editions, was recently named publisher of Copper Canyon Press, the nonprofit poetry publisher based in Port Townsend, Washington.

Sebold's The Lovely Bones Named Book Sense Book of the Year

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Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones was recently named Book Sense Book of the Year in the Adult Fiction category. Also nominated were Atonement by Ian McEwan, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Ferlinghetti and Williams Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters

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The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently inducted poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and C.K. Williams into the 250-member organization. The two poets were among eight artists, composers, and photographers to enter the Academy, which was founded in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts."

Transcontinental Poetry Reading Celebrates Kenneth Koch

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On April 19, eleven poets in four different U.S. time zones will contribute to a transcontinental poetry reading dedicated to the late Kenneth Koch. The 90-minute event will be streamed live on the Internet using videoconferencing technology.