Simon Armitage is named the UK’s new Poet Laureate

Europe 05/11/19, 05:58

Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.'s new Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post.Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain's highest literary honor. It dates back to the 17th century, and previous laureates have included John Dryden, William Wordsworth and Ted Hughes.It is up to ...

Update: Name for new era of Naruhito to be ‘Reiwa’

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 21:59

The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):11:50 a.m.Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."Cameramen stand by for a planned press conference by Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, ...

Search on for burial site of America’s first published poet

Entertainment 03/27/19, 05:08

Anne Bradstreet was the North American continent's first published poet, yet her legacy has largely been lost to time.Now, professors and students at Merrimack College in Massachusetts are trying to pinpoint her burial site while at the same restoring her legacy and what they say is her rightful place in ...

W.S. Merwin, prize-winning poet of nature, dies at 91

Entertainment 03/15/19, 16:18

W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died Friday. He was 91.A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books, from ...

Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among book award finalists

New York 10/10/18, 10:49

A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.Judges selected by the National Book Foundation chose five nominees in each of five categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature ...

Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show

Entertainment 10/02/18, 06:09

The country's poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called "The Slowdown."Smith said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted to inspire listeners to "make a daily space for poetry" in a world dominated by breaking news events."The Slowdown" will begin on podcast platforms ...

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