Her creations are personally and historically invigorating
“That’s how language works—how we change and rewrite ourselves.”
On June 7, 2012 James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, named forty-six-year-old Natasha Trethewey the nineteenth US Poet Laureate. Brilliantly gifted...
2013ís new chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
Introducing the Academy of American Poets’ Newest Chancellors!
Congratulations to Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Rankine and C. D. Wright, 2013’s new Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets! Selected by the current Board of Chancellors, Nelson, Rankine, and Wright will serve as ambassadors of poetry and endorse the organization’s...
Poetry read at presidential swearing-in ceremonies
Five times in US history, poetry has been read at presidential swearing-in ceremonies. Presidential-elect John F. Kennedy personally asked celebrated American poet Robert Frost to recite a poem at his 1961 presidential inauguration. Frost agreed and read “The Gift Outright,” making him the first inaugural poet in the history...
20th-century Chilean poet
Regarding the Twentieth century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, New York Times Book Review critic Selden Rodman remarks, “No writer of world renown is perhaps so little known to North Americans.” While Neruda has been acclaimed by countless critics as the greatest poet writing in Spanish during his lifetime, troubles—including...
Travel poetics belongs to the genre of travel writing
Summer is the season for the great outdoors and travel! Whether it’s a vacation to an exotic land, a weekend camping trip, a picnic in a local park or a trek on a nearby trail, most everyone takes time to explore natural surroundings and reserves his or her vacation days for these warmer months to capitalize on the abundance of sun by...
20th-century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright
Whoever says you have to fit the mold to make it big need only become familiarized with the work and life of 20th century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright, e. e. cummings to change his or her philosophy. Edward Estlin Cummings (who later abbreviated and adapted the decapitalized version of his name) epitomized experimentation...
Top suggestions for your summer list
Summer is a magical time for reading—maybe because it’s vacation time, or the heat makes for the perfect excuse to sit still and get lost in a story, or it’s just an old habit repeated year after year—whatever the reason, here are top suggestions for your summer list.
The 2014 Notable Books List—an annual literary...