The executive director of the Academy of American Poets discusses the forthcoming rebranding of its website, poets.org, in celebration of the organization’s eightieth anniversary.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Florida homestead in the tiny community of Cross Creek has been restored and preserved as it was when the author moved there in 1928. Visitors can tour her cracker–style home and farm, where she lived for twenty-five years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling (1938).
The RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University in East Lansing opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry. Its mission is to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops.
An exhibition of poet John Ashbery’s possessions is on display in New York City; Eric Pomerance and Laurie Gwen Shapiro visit with impersonators who spend days as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott; Thomas Frank casts a gimlet eye on the rise of the creativity expert; and other news.
A. N. Devers looks at how the home of the Baltimore Ravens has treated the Poe House and Museum; the cover of fiftieth anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has been lampooned; Benjamin Nugent considers the upside of writerly distraction; and other news
Roxane Gay highlights the slight amount of book review coverage for writers of color; Cheryl Strayed revealed how her bestselling memoir Wild introduced her to a half-sister; Harper Lee settled with her former agent over the rights to To Kill a Mockingbird; and other news.
Author John Grisham looks inside the prison at Guantánamo Bay; Harvard professor Joseph L. Badaracco uses literature to teach business ethics; fourth; and other news.
The New York Times reports that Amazon is cutting back discounts; Fast Company details how to master self-promotion; Peter Rainer examines the conspicuous absence of screen adaptations of the work of Saul Bellow; and other news.
In a recent interview, Alice Munro indicated she might be retiring; Laura C. Mallonee chases the ghost of poet Elizabeth Bishop across Manhattan; Kelsey Osgood reveals her childhood attraction to Kafka; and other news.
In August 2012, room 222 in the Strater Hotel was designated a literary landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988). For more than ten years, Louis L'Amour spent the month of August writing in room 222, citing the sounds from the Diamond Bell Saloon directly below as inspiration for his writing. Founded in 1887, the Strater Hotel features authentic American Victorian antique furniture and decor. It is home to the Henry Strater Theatre, which features vaudville performances and other entertainment.