Daily News from Poets & Writers

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.

Festival Promotes French, American Literary Exchange

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French and American poets, writers, and editors will meet at the Festival of Literary Magazines in New York City to discuss translation, tradition, funding, and cross-cultural and cross-genre influences on their publication practices.

The BBC's Really Big Book Club

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The BBC World Service recently launched what could be the world's largest book club. Each month a new book of fiction will be selected, and a live discussion, led by Harriett Gilbert, will be broadcast to the BBC's radio audience of 150 million listeners on six continents.

Amazon Draws Protest With Used Books Sales

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When Amazon began selling used books alongside new titles in November 2000, top executives at the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers protested the practice, arguing that it pays nothing to writers and publishers. Nearly two years later, the online retail giant's successful marketing of used books has renewed the dispute.

Familiar Finalist: Franzen Among PEN/Faulkner Award Hopefuls

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The other finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the country's largest peer-juried prize for fiction, are Karen Jay Fowler for Sister Noon (Marion Wood/G.P. Putnam's Sons), Claire Messud for The Hunters (Harcourt), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (HarperCollins), and Manil Suri for The Death of Vishnu (Norton).

Sixth Annual Small Press Month Honors Indie Publishers

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While Small Press Month may not yet attract the kind of commercial recognition that the Academy's National Poetry Month garners, the reason for the hoopla is just as significant. Consider this: According to a survey published in 1999 by the Book Industry Study Group and PMA, fifty thousand independent publishers accounted for $14.3 billion in book sales during that year. Karin Taylor, the executive director of the Small Press Center, says she wouldn't be surprised if those numbers had risen.

New York Times Begins Publishing Original Poetry

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The New York Times began publishing original poetry in the Book Review on February 17. New York City poet Nathanial Bellows's "Harm's Woods" was the first entry in what will be a regular feature of the Sunday edition of the newspaper.