Celebrating Censored Poetry, Capote’s Ashes, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.26.16

Earnest versus cool prose; how poetry defamiliarizes experience; Adonis on poetry as salvation; and other news. 

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The History of Banned Books, Whitman’s Empathy, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.23.16

James Patterson cancels publication of novel The Murder of Stephen King; Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc; PEN releases report on China’s censorship of foreign journalists; and other news.

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Rankine, Nelson Receive MacArthur “Genius” Grants

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Posted 9.22.16 by Prize Reporter

This morning, the MacArthur Foundation announced the twenty-three recipients of its 2016 fellowships. Also known as “Genius Grants,” the annual fellowships of $625,000 each—which are distributed to recipients over a period of five years—are given to individuals who “have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity of self-direction.”

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iO Tillett Wright Recommends...

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Posted 9.22.16

“Writing is a combination of sculpting and songwriting for me. The first challenge is to vomit out the raw hunk of material—gather the thoughts that will anchor..."

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Claudia Rankine Awarded “Genius Grant,” Books on the American Immigrant Experience, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.22.16

New Yorker profiles Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden; a reflection on Langston Hughes’s “I, Too”; Emma Donoghue on Emily Dickinson; and other news.

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Arts and Politics

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 9.22.16 by Writing Prompter

“I think if you say that art and politics, or religion and politics, mustn’t mix, don’t mix, that is itself a political statement,” novelist Mohsin Hamid said in an interview in the Financial Times in 2011.

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A Defense of Young Memoirists, Indie Comics Expo, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.21.16

Robert A. Caro receives National Book Foundation lifetime achievement award; fiction writer Brit Bennett on her debut novel; comic book authors publish book to benefit Orlando victims; and other news. 

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A Ghostly Imagination

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 9.21.16 by Writing Prompter

In Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Ichabod Crane attends an autumnal harvest feast, where he listens to local townspeople recounting ghost stories. Later that night, on his fateful ride home, he encounters the Headless Horseman. The ending of the story is left open to interpretation: Is the Headless Horseman a ghoulish spirit, or is it actually Crane’s rival in love, dressed in disguise and further exaggerated by Crane’s haunted, overactive imagination?

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Cave Canem Wins National Book Foundation Literarian Award, Search for Lorca’s Grave Resumes, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.20.16

Hilton Als on Edward Albee; Athens named World Book Capital 2018; the lost and found poetry of Misuzu Kaneko; and other news.

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Tree Poems

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 9.20.16 by Writing Prompter

Pine, oak, cedar, birch, aspen, fir, maple. Joshua, jacaranda, palm. There are thousands of species of trees in the world; some are found in many regions and some in only one place. There are trees that grow fruits and nuts; there are desert trees and tropical trees. Robert Frost, H. D., Denise Levertov, Federico García Lorca, William Shakespeare, and many others have all written poems about trees.

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