New Poet Laureate: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don’t like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration. But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety. The poet laureate is appointed by the librarian of […]

“Nobody Told Me” Wins Ted Hughes Award

Hollie McNish has stopped talking for a moment; this doesn’t happen much during the interview. I have just asked her why she thinks her “poetic memoir”, Nobody Told Me, recently won the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes award (previous recipients include Kate Tempest and Alice Oswald). “I really don’t know,” she says after a brief pause, shrugging and […]

Linda Besner, Feel Happier in 9 Seconds

In her second book, the Canadian poet Linda Besner weaves throughout her funny, dark poems “found” language — like the headline of an article in Cosmopolitan, which became the name of the collection, “Feel Happier in Nine Seconds,” or text from a travel-ad campaign for Aruba, from which this poem takes its title. Here, she […]

Women Writers: PEN WORLD VOICES

Join these brilliant, internationally acclaimed writers from May 1-7. View this email in your browser For the first time in the history of the World Voices Festival, we will be featuring twice as many women as men in our Festival line-up. These authors, poets, translators, artists, and critics will join us from May 1-7 as […]