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Oxford poetry professor contest kicks off amid growing controversy (via Guardian)

Just weeks after Simon Armitage was named the UK’s next poet laureate, the contest for the country’s second most important role in poetry has begun. Voting has opened for Oxford University’s next professor of poetry, with two of the country’s best known practitioners, Alice Oswald and Andrew McMillan, both in the running. Candidates for the four-year … Continue reading Oxford poetry professor contest kicks off amid growing controversy (via Guardian)

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Simon Armitage named UK’s poet laureate (via Guardian)

The West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage, a former probation officer who describes his writing as “no-brow”, has been appointed as the UK’s 21st poet laureate. Armitage, who received a phone call from Theresa May offering him the position on Thursday, said his parents cried when he told them the news – he had made them particularly … Continue reading Simon Armitage named UK’s poet laureate (via Guardian)

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Upstart Arts and Poetry Creative Community, Thalia, Launches First Print Magazine (via Yahoo)

Thalia Magazine ("Thalia") is excited to announce the launch of their first print collection, available for pre-order beginning May 2019. The magazine, co-founded by sisters Julia and Amelia Haney in late 2017, celebrates artists, designers, poets, and other creatives who identify with womanhood and artistic expression, from Boston to New York, London to Paris, and worldwide. "Our issues are galleries that you can hold in … Continue reading Upstart Arts and Poetry Creative Community, Thalia, Launches First Print Magazine (via Yahoo)

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LISD students win at 16th annual poetry contest (via Laredo Morning Times)

Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou are famous poets we often learn and hear about. However, LISD students are taking note, improving their skills, becoming poets and winning contests for their use of aesthetic and rhythmic words. Close to 800 students participated in the 16th annual poetry contest with the Laredo Poetry Festival. The year’s theme … Continue reading LISD students win at 16th annual poetry contest (via Laredo Morning Times)

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Hunt for next poet laureate still on as Imtiaz Dharker says no to job (via Guardian)

The acclaimed poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the poet laureateship, the highest honour in British poetry, citing a need to focus on her writing – and despite reports that she was set to be named as the next holder of the position. “I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the … Continue reading Hunt for next poet laureate still on as Imtiaz Dharker says no to job (via Guardian)

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Artists Form Communities in The District Through Spoken Word (via The Hoya)

Washington, D.C., is a hub for creative thought and expression through spoken word performances, from low-key open mics every night of the week to exhilarating formal competitions. Spoken word employs flowing metaphors and mellifluous alliterations to evoke emotions ranging from sorrow to joy. These performances, often based on personal experiences, range across a variety of … Continue reading Artists Form Communities in The District Through Spoken Word (via The Hoya)

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These Poets Are Dedicated to Elevating and Preserving the Art Form (via The Root)

Editor’s note: This week, for National Poetry Month, we’re featuring 37 up-and-coming black poets who we expect do amazing work over the next decade. We grouped them by categories, though their works often blur boundaries and defy definitions. Monday’s theme was Black Regionalism, poets who look at black life and society through the prism of geographic … Continue reading These Poets Are Dedicated to Elevating and Preserving the Art Form (via The Root)

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For the Country’s Most Promising Teen Poets, Poetry Is Activism (via Vulture)

Is poetry political? It seems a silly question to ask, even during National Poetry Month (which is technically not state-sponsored but very much in the spirit of public communion). Plato, in his Republic, called for the censoring and banning of poets. For centuries, in societies as different as Britain and China, court poets explicitly addressed the social and … Continue reading For the Country’s Most Promising Teen Poets, Poetry Is Activism (via Vulture)

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Professor encourages students to explore poetry (via Daily Bruin)

Full Title: "Professor creates organization encouraging students of all majors to explore poetry (via Daily Bruin)" Every member of the UCLA community should read or hear a poem sometime between this April and June, said English adjunct assistant professor Reed Wilson. UCLApoem – Wilson’s brainchild – is a new student-run organization that will organize several … Continue reading Professor encourages students to explore poetry (via Daily Bruin)

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Celebrate National Poetry Month With the New Yorker Poetry Bot (via The New Yorker)

Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New Yorker Poetry Bot is back! Launched in 2017, to celebrate the magazine’s ninety-second anniversary, the bot offered readers a daily dose of poetry on Twitter and Facebook Messenger, cycling through ninety-two poems that were chosen to represent every decade of our archive. With this reboot, we’ve expanded that selection, adding … Continue reading Celebrate National Poetry Month With the New Yorker Poetry Bot (via The New Yorker)