Daily News from Poets & Writers

Random House CEO Reported to Be Stepping Down

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Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.6.08

Peter Olson, the chief executive of Random House, is said to be stepping down from his post in the next few weeks. The New York Times reported yesterday that the fifty-year-old, who has been running Random House since 1998, has recently come under pressure as the publisher's worldwide revenue fell 5.6 percent last year.

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Maya Angelou Endorses Hillary Clinton in TV Ad

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Online Only, posted 5.5.08

Poet Maya Angelou has expressed her support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, first in an open letter posted on Senator Clinton’s campaign Web site, and most recently in a television ad. The endorsement, in which Angelou and Clinton share a stage as the poet commends the candidate’s egalitarian politics, is currently airing in North Carolina, where primary elections will be held tomorrow.

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New Letters and VQR Win National Magazine Awards

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Online Only, posted 5.2.08

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At a ceremony in New York City last night, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) presented several literary publications with National Magazine Awards, which honor print and online periodicals for excellence and innovation in writing, journalism, editing, photography, and design.

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Khaled Hosseini and Elizabeth Gilbert Among "World's Most Influential People"

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Online Only, posted 5.1.08

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Authors Khaled Hosseini and Elizabeth Gilbert are included in Time's fifth annual list of the world's most influential people. The current issue of the magazine features a short essay on each of the hundred people on the list, including all three major presidential candidates, the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Lance Amstrong.

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Last Day of National Poetry Month Brings Change for NYC Commuters

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Online Only, posted 4.30.08

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that it will no longer post poems on New York City subways as part of the Poetry in Motion program launched by the Poetry Society of America (PSA) fifteen years ago. PSA established Poetry in Motion with the MTA in 1992, displaying posters with excerpts of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Lucille Clifton, and others on subway cars where advertisements would otherwise appear.

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Stanley Plumly and Andrew O'Hagan Win Big in LA

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Online Only, posted 4.29.08

Last Friday Stanley Plumly was awarded a 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his tenth poetry collection, Old Heart (Norton), at a ceremony at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Master of ceremonies Gay Talese presided at the annual event, during which awards were given in nine categories. Andrew O'Hagan won the award in fiction for his third novel Be Near Me (Harcourt), and Dinaw Mengestu won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction for The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead Books). Each winner received a thousand dollars.

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