National Poetry Month, Mark Strand’s Last Interview, and More

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HarperCollins could withdraw books from Amazon; Jane Austen’s continued popularity; James Patterson: Book Czar; and other news.

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Fools Gold

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Posted 4.1.15 by Writing Prompter

Gold is one of the most valuable metals on this planet. People have been unearthing it, stashing it, and fighting over it for centuries. This week, write a story about a character who creates a large amount of imitation gold so convincing it passes for real gold. What circumstances compelled him to produce this form of counterfeit currency? What will he do with his “fool's gold?”  

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American Syntax

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Posted 4.1.15

"The way that I use syntax in my work, I think it is a direct relation from my childhood and my parents being immigrants." Poet and writer Ching-In Chen speaks about the influences that continue to inspire her to create a distinct writing style. Chen is author of the poetry collection The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009).

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T. S. Eliot’s Summer Home to Become Writers Retreat, Reading for Pleasure, and More

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Tournament of Books champion; Purdue sued over Amazon contract; on young writers; and other news. 

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Spontaneous Poetry

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Posted 3.31.15 by Writing Prompter

Surprise a friend or loved one with a spontaneous poem today. Perhaps you've been very busy and haven't spoken to a friend in a while. Write her a little poem to catch her up on what's been going on with you and drop it in the mail. Or maybe your grandmother is in need of some cheering up. Read her a few lines over the phone to make her laugh. Don't put too much thought into rhyme scheme or structure; just go with the flow.

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Tomas Tranströmer

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Posted 3.31.15

"I play Haydn after a black day / and feel a simple warmth in my hands." In this video featuring Tomas Tranströmer's poem "Allegro," the Swedish poet and Nobel laureate plays piano in his home in Stockholm. Tranströmer passed away on March 26 at the age of eighty-three.

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Sjohnna McCray Wins Walt Whitman Award

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Posted 3.30.15 by Prize Reporter

The Academy of American Poets announced today that Sjohnna McCray has won the 2015 Walt Whitman Award for his debut poetry collection, Rapture. McCray will receive $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press in 2016, a six-week paid residency in Umbria, Italy, and distribution of his book to all Academy members. He will also be featured on the Academy of American Poets website as well as in its print publication, American Poets.

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Finding a Good Balance: Caitlin Rother on Leading Workshops

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Posted 3.30.15 by RW Blogger

Caitlin Rother is the New York Times best-selling author and coauthor of ten booksfiction, nonfiction, and memoirincluding the forthcoming novel from Pinnacle, Then No One Can Have Her. A Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, Rother teaches narrative nonfiction and digital journalism at the University of California, San Diego Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink, and works as a book doctor and writing coach.

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Poet Tomas Tranströmer Has Died, Wole Soyinka on Nigeria’s Election, and More

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Fire Island Artist Residency destroyed; memoirs in the age of over-sharing; Dickens’s desk on display; and other news.

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George Hodgman

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Posted 3.30.15

"I always, always wanted to write a book and I had been carrying around little slivers, and this emotional moment allowed me to access everything." George Hodgman speaks with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff about his memoir, Bettyville (Viking, 2015), which explores his experiences caring for his aging mother.

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