prize time

September 10, 2022

The Poetry Foundation has just announced the winners of the 2022 Pegasus Awards, a family of literary prizes that include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Young People’s Poet Laureate, and the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.

In recognition of Poetry magazine’s 110th anniversary, the Poetry Foundation has decided to award 10 additional Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes this year, resulting in $1,132,500 in prizes distributed to the 2022 winners. It is the greatest prize amount that the Foundation has ever awarded to a cohort of living poets at one time. The 11 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winners are: Sandra Cisneros, CAConrad, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Juan Felipe Herrera, Angela Jackson, Haki Madhubuti, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Patti Smith, and Arthur Sze.

The Poetry Foundation has also chosen Elizabeth Acevedo, the bestselling author of The Poet X, to serve as the 2022–2024 Young People’s Poet Laureate, and awarded The Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism to Kevin Quashie for his book Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being, which draws on Black feminist literary texts, including work by poets Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan.

Night of Ideas

January 27, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021, is Night of Ideas, a 24-hour virtual marathon of philosophical debate and artistic performances produced in 75 countries around the world, coordinated by the Institut Français, Paris, and co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

The entire 24-hour program, which begins at midnight tonight Pacific time and is free, will stream live globally and the U.S. segment will begin at 6:30pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific as Patti Smith Imagines the Night with a poetic and musical performance.

See more on Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Night of Ideas.

and speaking of museums…

November 14, 2018

There are two museums to mark the parentheses of Arthur Rimbaud’s short life. One is in Charleville-Mézières, France, where the poet was born (above), and the other in Harar, Ethiopia, (below) where he spent ten years just prior to his death at age 37. The French edifice is not to be confused with the poet’s childhood home in Roche, which was purchased last year by Patti Smith.

on poetry

December 30, 2014

Patti Smith photo by Angelo Cricchi“Vowels are the most illuminated letters in the alphabet. Vowels are the colors and souls of poetry and speech.”
Patti Smith
(b. December 30, 1946)
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Patti Smith photo by Angelo Cricchi

Happy Birthday, Patti!

December 30, 2012

Patti Smith“Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.” Patti Smith
. . . . .
Patti Smith performing at TIM Festival, Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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