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JULY 2014


David Shields's book Black Planet to be turned into a movie directed by James Franco!



madzirov2tksmith gallerymort7Nikola MadzirovTracy K Smith, and Valzhyna Mort all featured on The Guardian's list of Fifty Greatest Modern Love Poems.

phillips1Rowan Ricardo Phillips recommends Walt Whitman on NPR's All Things Considered.




Roxana Robinson's The Right to Write in the Opinion section of The New York Times.



JUNE 2014

seshadri1Vijay Seshadri profiled on PBS NewsHour!



turner10The Telegraph review of Brian Turner's new memoir My Life as a Foreign Country.




Congratulations to Kwame Dawes who was shortlisted for the 2014 PEN Open Book Award for Duppy Conquerer!



seshadri1Read the Vijay Seshadri interview with The Believer.




hillman10Congratulations to Brenda Hillman for winning the 2014 International Griffin Poetry Prize!



MAY 2014

robinson1Congratulations to Roxana Robinson for winning the 2014 Maine Literary Award in Fiction!



trethewey3Natasha Trethewey's tribute to the late Maya Angelou in the Washington Post.



ellis6 Thomas Sayers EllisNatasha TretheweyMajor Jackson and many another member of the Dark Room Collective profiled in the New York Times.


piero2Listen to W. S. Di Piero reading from Tombo on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series!



ferris1Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is released May 13th and selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month!


hillman9Congratulations to Brenda Hillman for winning the Northern California Book Award for Poetry!



trethewey3Natasha Trethewey will deliver her final lecture to conclude her second term as Poet Laureate on May 14 at the Library  of Congress!




Congratulations to Forrest Gander & Kwame Dawes, longlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the PEN Open Book Award, respectively.

APRIL 2014

CRPhotoCongratulations to Claudia Rankine for winning Poets & Writers' Jackson Poetry Prize!




forche9Carolyn Forche on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR in a special on poetry for National Poetry Month!



harjo1smith8Congratulations to Joy Harjo and Patricia Smith for being awarded 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships!


hillman9Congratulations to Brenda Hillman who was shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize for her new collection Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire!



MARCH 2014

robinson1Congratulations to Roxana Robinson for winning the Marine Corps' James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction for Sparta!


blanco6Congratulations to Richard Blanco for For All of Us, One Today being named a finalist for The Latino Book Awards!


saunders1Congratulation to George Saunders for winning both the Story Prize for short fiction and Folio Prize for Tenth of December!


simic2Congratulations to Charles Simic for winning the 2014 Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award!


everrett3Percival Everett's Percival Everett  by Virgil Russell a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!


young newsListen to Kevin Young talk about his new book Book of Hours on NPR's Fresh Air.




DSoDani Shapiro interview about writing by the Aspen Institute.





Jean Hanff Korelitz interview by Entertainment Weekly about her new novel You Should Have Known!



nelson newsMarilyn Nelson interviewed by NPR about her new memoir How I Discovered Poetry!





CFSquareCarolyn Forche on PBS Newshour about her new anthology Poetry of Witness.


DCBSmallDerrick C. Brown goes on tour with Eugene Mirman from Bob's Burgers!




PercySmallBenjamin Percy's Red Moon to be adapted into a show for FOX TV!



Hicok2 smallCongratulations to Bob Hicok on being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for his book Elegy Owed!




 Jean Korelitz's You Should Have Known & Josh Ferris's To Rise Again at a Decent Hour on CNN's Books to Watch for in 2014!



PeterCole smallRead the BookSlut Interview with Peter Cole on his new book The Invention of Influence!




blanconewsOne Today, One Year Later - Read the Richard Blanco interview in the LA Review of Books!





hillman9Read the Huffington Post's review of Brenda Hillman's Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.




Congratulations to Roxana Robinson's Sparta for making Washington Post's list of Notable Fiction of 2013!



DSoRead the Dani Shapiro article "On Vulnerability" shared in the Huffington Post!



dshields2 medJames Franco to direct new film I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, with David Shields and Caleb Powell.









Burt1 smallRead the Boston Review conversation with Stephen Burt!




gsaundersCongratulations to George Saunders for making the shortlist for the National Book Award!




Congratulations to Dani Shapiro on the release of her new book Still Writing! Watch her this week on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday!





AmberTamblyn smallCongratulations to Amber Tamblyn for becoming a regular on her first sitcom Two and a Half Men!






Congratulations to Brenda HillmanRoger Bonair-Agard, and George Saunders for making the longlist for the National Book Award!


Levine2Congratulations to Philip Levine for winning the 2013 Wallace Stevens Award for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry!



cforcheCongratulations to Carolyn Forché for winning the 2013 Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement!




Congratulation to Patricia Smith for winning the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for most outstanding book of poetry published in the US in the previous year! 

blanconewsPublishers Weekly announces Richard Blanco's new prose book, For All of Us, One Today!



Daniyal categoriesRead the profile in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine on Daniyal Mueenuddin and his upcoming book I. Want. You. To. 


DCBSmallCongratulation to Derrick C. Brown's Strange Light for winning the 2013 Writer's League of Texas' Book Award for Poetry!





dshields2 medSalinger, co-written by David Shields, published Sept 3 and reveals new material by Salinger!


JoyHarjo categoriesCongratulation to Joy Harjo for winning the 2013 PEN Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction!



Fox smallCongratulation to Josh Fox's Gasland 2 for being nominated for a Environmental Media Association Best Documentary Award!


kyoungCongratulations to Kevin Young for winning the 2013 PEN Open Book Award




George Saunder's 2013 Syracuse graduation speech to be published as a book next year!



JULY 2013

Fox smallRead the Josh Fox interview by Salon about fracking.



psmithCongratulations to Patricia Smith for winning the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry!



JUNE 2013

Fox2 smallJosh Fox with Bill Maher about Gasland Part II.




Burt1 smallRead about Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013!




blanconewsWatch the rebroadcast of Boston Strong featuring Richard Blanco on June 29!




ntrethewey_newsCongratulations to Natasha Trethewey for being appointed to her second one-year term as US Poet Laureate!


MAY 2013 

gorrArticle/Review on The Rumpus for Gregory Orr's River Inside the River!


hoagland2_smallInterview with Tony Hoagland on PBS Art Beat!




howe_acaWonderful Marie Howe interview by Krista Tippett on On Being.



APRIL 2013

robertson2smallCongratulations to Robin Robertson for winning the 2013 Petrarch Prize!

blanconewsCongratulations to Richard Blanco for winning the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry for his collection Looking for the Gulf Motel!


ntrethewey2Congratulations to Nastasha Trethewey for being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2013 Class of Members!

Fox2_smallJosh Fox's long awaited Gasland 2 had its premier this week at the Tribeca Film Festival!

saunders1Hearty Congratulations to George Saunders for being named to TIME Magazine's 2013 100 Most Influential People in the World!

marcus_lowres_smallJackson-indexCongratulations Ben Marcus and Major Jackson for winning Guggenheim Fellowship Awards!

KathaPollit_smallCongratulations to Katha Pollitt who was nominated for a 2013 National Magazine Award in "Columns and Commentary"!

MARCH 2013

kooser1Ted Kooser's poetry set to music by a jazz composer and soprano!

jen_thumbRead the Gish Jen Profile by the Boston Globe about her switch to nonfiction with her new book Tiger Writing!

Wonderful review by the New York Times for Phillip Lopate's Portrait Inside My Head and To Show and To Tell!


psmithCongratulations to Patricia Smith's Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah for being a finalist for the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

JorieCongratulations to Jorie Graham for receiving the prestigious Nonino Prize!




psmithCongratulations to Patricia Smith for receiving the Robert L. Fish Award for Best Debut Short Story from the Mystery Writers of America for her story "When They Are Done With Us."

blanconewsCongratulations to Richard Blanco for being named the 2013 Inaugural Poet!


gsaunders Check out this article on George Saunders in the New York Times. His new book Tenth of December comes out this week!

doty2Read Mark Doty's interview in the arts section of The Boston Globe.






Natasha TretheweyNatasha Trethewey's Thrall has been nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Literary Work - Poetry.

November 2012

Kevin YoungListen to Kevin Young's interview about The Hungry Ear on NPR.

Gish JenRead Gish Jen's opinion piece "Complicate the Assumptions" for the New York Times.

October 2012 

ellis6Congratulations to Thomas Sayers Ellis for his new position as Poetry Editor at The Baffler!


Read the Reuters interview with Da Chen about his new novel My Last Empress.

graham_newsCongratulations to Jorie Graham for winning the prestigious Forward Poetry Prize in the UK for her collection PLACE.

September 2012

hillmannew_newsCongratulations to Brenda Hillman, awarded a 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

ntrethewey2United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is featured in the September issue of Poets & Writers.





graham_newsJorie Graham's PLACE has been nominated for both the Forward Prize and the TS Eliot Prize.

dackerman_indexRead Diane Ackerman's article about the solitude of scuba diving in the NY Times.

August 2012


Congratulations to Marie Howe, newly named Poet Laureate of New York State.



JoyHarjo_thumbAmber Tamblyn was interviewed in New York Magazine to hilarious effect.

JoshFox_thumbJosh Fox released The Sky Is Pink, an emergency short film about hydraulic fracturing in NY State.

Natasha Trethewey Congrataulations to Natasha Trethewey, newly appointed Poet Laureate of the United States

ntrethewey2United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey discusses her poem "Elegy" in The Atlantic.

July 2012


JoyHarjo_thumb Congratulations to Joy Harjo for the release of her memoir Crazy Brave. Listen to her on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

June 2012


gander_news Congratulations to Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her excellent book Life on Mars.

keret-index Etgar Keret has been nominated for the world's biggest short story award, the Frank O'Connor.

May 2012


keret-index Augusten Burrough's newest book, This Is How, is in stores now!

April 2012


gander_news Forrest Gander and Diane Ackerman were Pulitzer Prize finalists in the Poetry and General Nonfiction categories, respectively.

keret-index "If you have room in your wallet for one book of short stories this year, make it Etgar Keret's Suddenly, a Knock on the Door," says the LA Times. We agree.

gordon_news Jaimy Gordon's Lord of Misrule has been longlisted for the Orange Prize. Shortlist announcement April 17.

gander_news Forrest Gander's Spectacle & Pigsty is a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award.

March 2012


esson-index Katja Esson's Ferry Tales will air on the Documentary Channel, March 31 at 10 PM, for Women's History Month. 

young-index Kevin Young's The Grey Album is the lead review in the NY Times.

LevineNew_news Philip Levine's Q&A with Poets & Writers Magazine is online.

nickflynn2_thumb Congratulations Nick! Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano, is in theaters.

February 2012


houston_news Pam Houston's Contents May Have Shifted was recently reviewed in the SF Chronicle.


 Dana Spiotta, Forrest Gander, and Diane Ackerman were nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

nthrethewey-indexNatasha Trethewey has been appointed Poet Laureate to the state of Mississippi.

esson-index Poetry of Resilience is nominated for prestigious Cinema and Peace Award for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year at the Berlin Film Festival.

January 2012


dackerman_indexDiane Ackerman on one of life's most interesting creatures in the New York Times.

nelson_newsHonor Moore's poem "Song" has been selected for the Best American Poetry 2012.

Browning_newsDominique Browning has an interesting article in the New York Times.

duffy_newsBritish Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy wins the prestigious Costa Award for Poetry, for her book The Bees.

bialosky_newsJill Bialosky's History of a Suicide is a Best Nonfiction Book of 2011 at Entertainment Weekly.

December 2011


smith-indexPatricia Smith's work was featured in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays 2011.

dawes_newsKwame Dawes has given a wonderful interview to Guernica Magazine.

Campbell_newsMat Johnson's novel Pym made the best of 2011 lists of Salon, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and the Houston Chronicle.

houston_newsPam Houston has been interviewed in anticipation of Contents May Have Shifted

Campbell_newsBeing Flynn, based on Nick Flynn's memoir, and starring Paul Dano and Robert DeNiro, is due for release March 2.

Campbell_newsBonnie Jo Campbell's book Once Upon a River has been chosen by NPR as one of five fiction pics for 2011.

percy_newsBen Percy has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts.

Schultz_newsPhilip Schultz speaks with WNYC about his struggles with dyslexia.

November 2011


dackerman_indexDiane Ackerman's article, "Your Begonia is Texting You," appears in the NYT.

Marie_Howe_smallMarie Howe was interviewed by NPR's Terry Gross, on Fresh Air



Hoagland_smallCheck out Tony Hoagland's article about Robert Bly in the September American Poetry Review.


October 2011


esson-indexKatja Esson'Poetry of Resilience wins Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival!




A new profile of Ben Percy and his sister posted on Salon.



September 2011

JoshFox_thumbJosh Fox wins an Emmy for Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming for his film Gasland.


hutton_small esson-index

Noah Hutton'sKatja Esson's new films featured at the Woodstock Film Festival.


mat_johnson_smallCongratulations to Mat Johnson for receiving the Dos Passos Prize for Literature.



Schultz_newsPhilip Schultz's op-ed piece about My Dyslexia featured in the New York Times.



wright_newsC.D. Wright has been awarded the 2011 Lenore Marshall Award for the year's most outstanding book of poetry, One With Others.


levine_newsPhilip Levine has been named the eighteenth US Poet Laureate for 2011-2012!




August 2011


esson-indexKatja Esson's film Poetry of Resilience will premier at the Oscar-qualifying festival DocuWeeks in LA August 19. Read Village Voice article.


Turner_newsBrian Turner's interview with NPR about his recent return to Baghdad and his article in the July issue of National Geographic.



July 2011


Schultz_newsPhillip Schultz's My Dyslexia advanced review in The Chronicle of Higher Education.




Congratulations to Sapphire on the release of The Kid and for the full feature article in USA Today.



Turner_newsBrian Turner's article "Baghdad After the Storm" is featured in the July edition of National Geographic.




Bonnie Jo Campbell is featured in the July/August 2011 edition of Poets & Writers Magazine.



Ellis_newsThomas Sayers Ellis' "Seeing Seen" photographs are featured in the July/August issue of Poetry Magazine.



June 2011


Campbell_newsBonnie Jo Campbell's Once Upon a River has been named a Best Summer Read on NPR as well as one of the 10 Must-Read Summer Books by Newsweek.



Sapphire's The Kid has been named a Best Summer Read on NPR.




Aimee Nezhukumatathil's Lucky Fish won the Gold Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry.




Dominique Browning was interviewed by Talking Writing.




Danzy Senna's You Are Free: Stories has been reviewed by the New York Times.



May 2011



Bob Hicok's poem "Cultural Studies" appears in the May 2, 2011, edition of The New Yorker.



Adam Zagajewski's "In Valleys" appears in the May 2, 2011, edition of The New Yorker.


Francine Prose's book My New American Life has been released by HarperCollins.


Diane Ackerman's One Hundred Names for Love NYT Book Review.


Claudia Emerson has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.

guest_news2Paul Guest has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.

April 2011



Mark Doty has been awarded an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.


csimic-indexCharles Simic is the 2011 recipient of The Poetry Society of American's highest award, the Frost Medal, presented annually for "lifetime achievement in poetry."


March 2011


dhall-index Donald Hall has been awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama for his extensive contributions to American poetry.



Congratulations to C.D. Wright, winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for her book One With Others.



Jorie Graham's poem "CAGNES-SUR-MER 1950" is featured in the March 14, 2011, edition of The New Yorker.


Charles Simic has won the 2011 Vilcek Prize in Literature.



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Terrance Hayes' Lighthead and C.D. Wright's One With Others are finalists for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

February 2011



Josh Fox's GASLAND was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.



Thomas Sayers Ellis' Skin, INC. was reviewed in the January 3 edition of The Nation.


Chase Twichell won the 2011 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award!



January 2011




Jericho Brown received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.




Major Jackson's Holding Company was nominated for an NAACP award in Poetry.



Mark Doty was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.



Galway Kinnell
is featured on the cover of the Jan/Feb edition of APR.




C.D. Wright's One With Others was reviewed in the Jan. 3 edition of The New Yorker.



December 2010



The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris was named a Reviewer's favorite from 2010 in The New Yorker.



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Charles Simic's Master of Disguises and C.K. Williams' Wait were named two of The Great Poetry Collections of 2010 by The New Yorker's poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.


Terrance Hayes' Lighthead has won the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry.




Debra Winger was featured in the November 5 issue of the New York Times.




Francine Prose received the Washington University International Humanities Medal.


November 2010


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Terrance Hayes' Lighthead and C.D. Wright's One With Others are finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards in Poetry.

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Simon ArmitageRobin Robertson, and Brian Turner have been shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Simon Armitage is also the Winner of the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize for "The Present."

October 2010



Patricia Smith
Winner of the 2010 Rattle Poetry Prize for "Tavern. Tavern. Church. Shuttered Tavern."!



Josh Fox
Winner of the LennonOno Peace Prize for his documentary film GASLAND!



Michael Dickman
Winner of the Laughilin Award for outstanding 2nd collection, for Flies (2011)!


August 2010



Major Jackson
Profiled in the current issue of Poets & Writers for Holding Company!


March 2010



Peter Cole
He has won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Literature!


lyrae_index  hillmannew_news
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Brenda Hillman: finalists for the LA Times Book Award for Poetry!



Patricia Smith
Her poem "Motown Crown" has a double Pushcart nomination!



Danzy Senna
Featured on the cover of this month's Poets & Writers Magazine! Check out the great interview with her.


February 2010

We mourn and honor the life of Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

why should we wander bone yards
draped in linen

flesh is the coat we unfasten
and throw off

what need to linger among stones
and monuments

we have risen away from all that
wrapped in understanding

-Lucille Clifton, from Mercy




Oren Moverman



  His film THE MESSENGER has just been nominated for two major Academy Awards! Oren Moverman for Best Screenplay and Woody Harrelson for Best Supporting Actor!



January 2010



Nick Flynn

for the official release of his extraordinary new book, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment.


December 2009



Valzhyna Mort

 Recipient of a 2009 Lannan Literary Fellowship!




Brian Turner has been selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows for 2009!



Matthew Dickman: All-American Poem received the 2009 Oregon Book Award for Poetry from Portland Literary Arts!



Hillary Jordan: Mudbound has been long-listed for the Impac Dublin Award!





Peter Trachtenberg: Book of Calamities has won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award!