SP Poet Aliki Branstone named MO Poet Laureate
July 2nd, 2016
Aliki Barnstone, of Columbia, was appointed by Gov. Nixon as Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. Barnstone is Professor of English in the Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri. A poet, translator, critic, and editor, she is the author of eight books of poetry, including Dwelling (forthcoming fall 2016). Her new poems appear in Smartish Pace, Issue 23.
Poet Carson Cistulli Talkin' Baseball
May 27th, 2016
Smartish Pace poet Carson Cistulli is all things to all people. If all the things people care about are poetry and baseball, that is. Listen here to Carson on the Baseball Prospetus Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild. Carson's poems appear in SP Issue 20.
Poet Matthew Zapruder Named the New Poetry Column Editor for The New York Times Magazine.
March 3rd, 2016
Poet Matthew Zapruder has been appointed the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. Born in Washington, D.C., he lives in Oakland, where he is the director of the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing, as well as editor at large for Wave Books. He is the author of several books of poetry, including his fourth collection Sun Bear (2014) and Come On All You Ghosts (2010).
Poet C. D. Wright Dies at 67
January 13th, 2016
C. D. Wright, American award-winning poet and writing professor at Brown University, unexpectedly passed away in her home on January 12, 2016. Her most recent book, Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire and All, was published in November 2015.
Amit Majmudar appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Ohio
December 28th, 2015
Amit Majmudar was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His work has appeared in many literary magazines including Smartish Pace, and few of his published poems are "By Accident," published in Counter Balance, "Reading," "The Miscarriage," "Instructions to an Artisan," and so on.
Smartish Pace 2015 "The Pushcart Prize" Nominations
December 2nd, 2015
We are pleased to nominate the following poets & poems for The Pushcart Prize:
Aaron Belz: “Advice to Children”
Joshua Bennett: “Fresh”
David Kirby: “A World in Which These Things Happen”
Dawn Manning: “Fables from the Petrified Forest”
Lisa Summe: “Morning After We Hook Up”
Diane Wakoski: “Elegy for My Next Door Neighbor”
2015 National Book Awards finalists in Poetry
November 17th, 2015
The five finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards in Poetry are listed below:
-Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)
-Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin/Penguin Random House)
-Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf)
-Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)
-Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Alfred A. Knopf)
The winner of the $10,000 prize will be announced in New York on November 18.
Poet Joy Harjo wins Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets
September 14th, 2015
Poet Joy Harjo of Muskogee Creek heritage has won Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets, found in 1934. Her works include How We Became Human and The Woman Who Fell from the Sky.
The Academy has also awarded Kevin Young's Book of Hours Lenore Marshall poetry prize and a felloship to poet Marie Howe.
2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced
September 7th, 2015
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announces the five recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, one of the largest awards given to young poets between 21 and 31 years of age in the United States: Nate Marshall, Erika L. Sánches, Danniel Schoonebeek, Safiya Sinclair, and Jamila Woods.
Poet James Tate Dies at 71
July 9th, 2015
James Tate, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and long time University of Massachusetts professor, died at 71. He wrote over twenty poetry collections, including The Ghost Soldiers and The Oblivion Ha-Ha.
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