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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Deadline Approaches for New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition

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Posted 3.27.15 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are currently open for Finishing Line Press’s 2015 New Women’s Voices Series Chapbook Competition. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press will be given for a poetry chapbook written by woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines, poet and director of Finishing Line Press, will judge. Ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women’s Voices chapbook series.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti on San Francisco’s Tech Culture, Writers’ Work Spaces, and More

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The Tarot’s literary appeal; Ferguson Library director receives ALA prize; Clean Reader app will stop selling books; and other news.

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Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett

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Posted 3.27.15

Neil Gaiman shares his memories of Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away this month, in a conversation with Michael Chabon at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco.

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Tania James Recommends...

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Posted 3.26.15

“If you were to glance over the chaos across my desk—inkless pens, paperbacks, an infant toothbrush—you might miss the object I count most valuable: a plastic rainbow-colored slinky. For years, whenever I found myself blocked, I’d pick up the slinky..."

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Henry James Reviews Walt Whitman, Martyn Goff Has Died, and More

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Poets write on Jacob Lawrence paintings; an interview with Raúl Zurita; mother-daughter artistic collaborations; and other news.

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Terrance Hayes

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Posted 3.26.15

"I'm pursuing a kind of language which is just as complicated, and also as transparent, as human experience." The MacArthur Genius Grant–recipient reads from his new poetry collection, How to Be Drawn (Penguin, 2015), and speaks about his musical influences and how he continues to develop his voice.

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