Daily News from Poets & Writers

Ginsberg’s "Howl" to Echo in Film

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 2.23.09

The independent production company Werc Werk Works announced last Thursday that it has signed on to finance a feature film about the creation of and controversy surrounding Allen Ginsberg’s long poem "Howl."

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PEN American Center Drafts Petition to Free Chinese Writer

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 2.20.09

A petition drafted by PEN American Center calling for the release of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, who was arrested by Chinese authorities on December 8, has received over a thousand signatures, and the organization is continuing to seek supporters.

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The New Yorker Launches Online Book Club

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 2.19.09

The New Yorker on Tuesday announced the creation of a book club, or, as the editors prefer to think of it, a "readers’ cooperative—a standing invitation to roll up your sleeves and dig deep into a book, and see what together we uncover."

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Pittsburgh’s Poetry Forum to Close

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 2.18.09

Another literary casualty of the ailing market, the International Poetry Forum (IPF) in Pittsburgh will cease its poetry programming after this season.

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Margaret Atwood Pulls Out of Festival Following Bedell Controversy

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Online Only, posted 2.18.09

Margaret Atwood has cancelled her plans to attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature (EAIFL) in Dubai after learning that British author Geraldine Bedell was told by organizers that she could not be a part of the event because one of the characters in her forthcoming novel, The Gulf Between Us, is gay.

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British Author Banned From First Middle Eastern Book Festival

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Online Only, posted 2.17.09

Isobel Abulhoul, director of the new Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature (EAIFL), recently informed British novelist Geraldine Bedell that she could not be a part of the event because one of the characters in her forthcoming novel is gay.

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