Pulitzer!

April 13, 2017

2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess, for his book Olio (Wave Books, 2016). The finalists were XX, by Campbell McGrath (Ecco/HarperCollins) and Collected Poems: 1950-2012, by the late Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton). Read more about Jess and Olio or watch a video of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Announcement by Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride.

Reasons to go to…New York

September 14, 2016

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

While we don’t often fall for hyperbole, the Poetry Society of America can be excused for using “once-in-a-lifetime event” to describe the Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration. The lineup is enough to make any poet swoon: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.

The event will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at The Great Hall of The Cooper Union in New York City. The poets will read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past Pulitzer winners. Following the reading, there will be a private dinner at the Hamilton Fish House with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and publishers. General Admission for the reading is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Reading & Dinner are $250 and up. All proceeds benefit the Poetry Society of America’s public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

Pulitzer medal

If autumn in New York has a nice ring to it, consider being in the city on Thursday, October 27, 2016, when the Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration presents 14 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets reading from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. The featured poets are: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Kay Ryan, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.

The reading will be held in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union and more information is available through the Poetry Society of America. Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.

the winner

April 19, 2016

Balakian - Ozone Journal

Congratulations to poet Peter Balakian, the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Cited as “a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author,” his book Ozone Journal (University of Chicago Press) earned these words of praise from Keith Jones in Consequence Magazine, “These are poems of rapturous diction…” Another book for your list.

watch it!

April 18, 2016

Pulitzer medal

2016 marks the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, “Honoring Excellence in Journalism and the Arts.” The winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced today, Monday, April 18, 2016, at 3:00pm ET. You can watch the announcement live online at the Pulitzer Prizes website, keep an eye on Twitter @PulitzerPrize or wait for the video on Facebook.

Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 2015With all the attention to best-of lists, we somehow failed to mention the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry: Digest by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books).

Of Pardlo’s writing in Digest, Tracy K. Smith (winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry) commented, “Gregory Pardlo renders history just as clearly and palpably as he renders New York City, or Copenhagen, or his native New Jersey. But mostly what he renders is America, with its intractable conundrums and its clashing iconographies. With lines that balance poise and a jam-packed visceral music, and images that glimmer and seethe together like a conflagration, these poems are a showcase for Pardlo’s ample and agile mind, his courageous social conscience, and his mighty voice.”

Pulitzer RemixNational Poetry Month is less than two weeks away and will bring with it an abundance of poetry activities. We are particularly eager to see what the 85 participants in Pulitzer Remix make of the books they’ve taken on in a sort of mass found poetry extravaganza.

Each poet will post one poem per day on the project’s website during the month of April, resulting in the creation of more than 2,500 poems by the project’s conclusion.

Pulitzer Remix is sponsored by the Found Poetry Review, the only literary journal in print dedicated to publishing found poetry. Found poems are the literary equivalents of collages, where words, phrases and lines from existing texts are refashioned into new poems. The genre includes centos, erasure poetry, cut-up poetry and other textual combinations.

A complete list of participating poets and their texts can be found on the Pulitzer Remix home page. One of the participants is Sheila Sondik, poet, artist and Sue Boynton Poetry Contest committee member 2009-2012.

Follow the project beginning April 1 at Pulitzer Remix or on Twitter at #pulitzerremix. Project updates can also be found on the Found Poetry Review’s Facebook page.

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