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National Poetry Month: New Recordings Uploaded to Recorded Poetry and Literature Archive

“In honor of National Poetry Month, the center has digitized and uploaded 50 new recordings to its online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. Among the additions are recordings by poets laureate Daniel Hoffman, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Maxine Kumin, Josephine Jacobsen, William Stafford, Anthony Hecht, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.” (via Library of Congress Blog)

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Natasha Trethewey Named New U.S. Poet Laureate

WSJ – “Natasha Trethewey has been chosen by the Library of Congress to be the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi the 46-year-old is only the second person from the South to hold the position. A professor at Emory University, Trethewey is the author of “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and “Native Guard,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Trethewey is the first African American since Rita Dove to hold the post.”

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Poetry slam packed with popular themes

Boston Globe – “Are poetry slams popular? There were 1,200 folks on line to get into the Berklee Performance Center Saturday for the final night of the National Poetry Slam, which was making its first visit to Boston since 1992. Back then, 16 teams took part; this year there were 75, nine of them from New England. Only four teams reached the finals: Providence Poetry Slam; Nuyorican Poets Cafe; Writing Wrongs from Columbus, Ohio; and Slam Nuba from Denver. Once everybody made it inside, the mood was more celebratory than competitive, with lots of hugging and acknowledging of fellow poets. The audience came in all sizes and shapes and ages and ethnicities, but it was uniformly loud; no vuvuzelas were necessary.”

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US voices added to poetry archive

BBC – “Recordings of 14 major 20th-Century American poets have been added to the free online audio Poetry Archive.”

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Poetry Librarian

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – “To answer the question, “What is the point of poetry?” Sara Wingate Gray is traveling the world as an “itinerant poetry librarian.”

She’s got a blog too.

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