Poetry News

Enjoy the latest poetry news from poets, writers, and news sources from around the world. Each day, PoetrySoup provides this timely poetry news which is continually updated from poetry news sources around the net. We provide news on poetry contests, events, poetics, literature, writing, and publishing. Click on the news topic links below to toggle between topics.

Also, this page contains news related to the PoetrySoup website such as website updates and enhancements.

PoetrySoup News

Date: 5/16/2016 6:16:00 AM

You can now view replies to your comment in your Inbox. See replies to your comments all in one place.


Date: 5/16/2016 6:15:00 AM

Premium Members can now embed YouTube performances of their poems too. 

  1. Go to the My Poems page
  2. Edit the poem you want to attach the YouTube video to.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the “Embed YouTube Video Code” section.
  4. Insert the YouTube embed code and submit.

See: How to embed a YouTube Video


Date: 5/15/2016 7:37:00 AM

We are beta testing a new feature. Premium Members can now attach audio to their poems. Attach an audio file of your recited poem! Let others hear the way it was meant to be heard and read.To attach audio to a poem do the following:

  1. Go to the My Poems page
  2. Edit the poem you want to attach audio to
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the “Upload Audio for Poem...” section.
  4. Upload the mp3 audio file or link to an mp3 audio file already on the internet.

IMPORTANT: Max file size = 3 MB...about 3 minutes for a compressed mp3 file. Compress your audio file before uploading. For files over 3mb you must link to the audio file on the internet or something like free audio cloud storage


Date: 4/24/2016 3:55:00 PM

PoetrySoup has created another new feature!

Check out the left navigation of PoetrySoup.com and click on the NEW Followers page to see who is following you and how many members follow you.

Your followers are poets who have been active on PoetrySoup within the past 6 months.

Additionally, you can manage the people YOU follow on the same page!!!

And, there's more to come...


Date: 4/24/2016 3:49:00 PM

We've consolidated the poetry contest winners and status pages into one page. Also, you can now sort contests by date, contest sponsor's name, or contest name. 

Contest Winners | Status 

 


Date: 4/24/2016 3:42:00 PM

Premiere Contests are HERE! Premium members, please check out the contest administration page for specifics. 

Premier Contests

These are contests that you, as a Premium Member, can sponsor that adhere to certain basic PoetrySoup contest standards. For instance:

  • Premier contests can only have one winner per place. For example, there cannot be three 1st place winners, six 2nd place winners, etc.
  • You can choose up to a maximum of 10 winners per contest.
  • You can finalize a contest, close a contest, and email winners at one time and all from the contest winner's page.
  • Winner's page has an easy to use interface for easy dynamic reordering of poem placements.
  • Your contest's 1st place winners will have a trophy next to their poem on the website.

FYI, you cannot change the contest type of existing contests. This will only take effect on new contests.

Standard Contests

This is the previous contest format. It has not changed. These are contests where you, as a Premium Member, control how many poems place per placement. For example, these contests can have three 1st place winners, six 2nd place winners, etc. However, these contests do not have the ability to email winners.


Date: 4/24/2016 3:42:00 PM

We've consolidated the poetry contest winners and status pages into one page. Also, you can now sort contests by date, contest sponsor's name, or contest name. 

Contest Winners | Status 


Date: 12/7/2015 12:34:00 PM

You can now export all of your poems in one fell swoop!

This is a new feature and is being tested (with your help). Formatting may not work on all export options. Also, this feature may not work with accounts that have thousands of poems. You'll just have to test it and see if it works for you.  

Anyway, this new export feature provides an easy way to backup your poems.

http://www.poetrysoup.com/member_area/export_poems.aspx


Date: 1/15/2015 1:08:00 PM

New! Classified Ads Page

http://www.poetrysoup.com/classifieds/

Post classified ads for anthologies, books, magazines, websites, call for manuscripts, poets, writers, and more. Promote your blog, personal website, book, university, or poetry workshop, retreat, etc. Find what you are looking for or create your own ad!


Date: 10/23/2014 4:17:00 PM

Added a Poetry Art page

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry/art/


Date: 8/31/2014 3:31:00 PM

Date: 8/31/2014 3:30:00 PM

Added an idioms page.

http://www.poetrysoup.com/idioms.aspx


Date: 8/3/2014 7:00:00 AM

We have a new feature that allows you to create art from your poem. http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem_art_generator/

This is the fist phase of the project so the feature may be a little buggy. Here is an example: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/art/37781-poemid-7cc0e1e8-2528-46b7-9134-f954f6546a6e

To use this feature on an existing poem on PoetrySoup, just go to any poem's home page and click the camera icon to begin. 


Date: 7/31/2014 9:02:00 PM

Fixed problem with the updating of Poet Notes in the edit poem feature.


Date: 7/31/2014 6:32:00 PM

Updated the Poem Notes feature.  This feature allows a Premium Member to add photos and / or inspirational notes to your poem. See an example: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=584531


Date: 7/30/2014 3:07:00 PM

Soupers, you can now create and image from a poem or a section of a poem and share it. To create an image, follow these instructions. Instructions...


Date: 7/29/2014 2:01:00 PM
Added 2 new poetry forms: Jueju and The Blitz.

Date: 7/29/2014 1:58:00 PM
We’ve added a layer of security so that poets you block can no longer comment on your poems or reply to comments on your poems. This however does not affect comments already made…only future comments. Thanks.

Date: 7/22/2014 2:32:00 PM

Added a Poem of the Week and Poem of the Day page.



Poetry & Literature News

Thu,09 Feb 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events:

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: IMMANUEL MIFSUD

Maltese poet and fiction writer, Immanuel Mifsud, will read and discuss his work with Lucia Wolf, Reference Librarian in the European Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored by Library of Congress European Division and presented in partnership with Embassy of the Republic of Malta supported by the Arts Council of Malta, New York

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394; lwolf@loc.gov

Please click here for more information.

Tue,07 Feb 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: PABLO NERUDA on 2/13 & 2/14

Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: PABLO NERUDA

Two events celebrating Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda.

  • Monday, February 13, 4:00 PM: (Mary Pickford Theater) Special advanced screening of Neruda, internationally co-produced biographical film directed by Pablo Larraín starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the Embassy of Chile, Washington, D.C.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 PM: (Mumford Room) Poet and translator Forrest Gander will read from his new book, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda, and participate in a discussion with Chilean-born author Marjorie Agosín and Georgette Dorn, chief of the Hispanic Division. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre.


Location:
Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building <view map>

                     Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact:  (202) 707-5394


Please click here for more information.

Fri,03 Feb 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: AFRICAN POETRY BOOK FUND SPOTLIGHT on 2/10

Friday, February 10, 1:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: AFRICAN POETRY BOOK FUND SPOTLIGHT

During the annual AWP Conference, African Poetry Book Fund board members Chris Abani, Matthew Shenoda, and Aracelis Girmay discuss contemporary African poetry with Mary Jane Deeb, chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Immediately following, Kwame Dawes will introduce African poets Yasmin Belkhyr, Chekwube O. Danladi, Safia Elhillo, Tsitsi Jaji, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Ladan Osman, Hope Wabuke, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley who will read from their work. This event is free and open to the public with book sales and signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Prairie Schooner.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Tue,31 Jan 2017
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY on 2/7

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET:
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and The Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Tue,06 Dec 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: WITH BORGES: A CONVERSATION WITH MARÍA KODAMA on 12/7

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – 6:30 PM
WITH BORGES: A CONVERSATION WITH MARÍA KODAMA

Jorge Luis Borges' widow, María Kodama, will be in conversation with professor of Spanish Saul Sosnowski (University of Maryland). This year marks the 30th anniversary of the author's death and this event will be part of a series of events coordinated by the Embassy of Argentine in Washington, DC. 

This event will be primarily in Spanish, though some translation will be available. Cosponsored by the Hispanic Division and the Poetry and Literature Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Argentina. Event is free and open to the public.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: cgom@loc.gov

Please click here for more information.

Tue,22 Nov 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: MIGUEL DE CERVANTES on 12/2

Friday, December 2, 12:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

William Egginton, Andrew W. Mellon Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his new book The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division.  

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building (3rd floor) <view map>
Contact: tguz@loc.gov

Please click here for more information.

Thu,10 Nov 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: KWAME DAWES on 11/18

Friday, November 18, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: KWAME DAWES

Ghanaian writer Kwame Dawes will read selections of his work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Fri,28 Oct 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: SHENAZ PATEL on 11/4

Friday, November 4, 12:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS WITH AFRICAN POETS AND WRITERS: SHENAZ PATEL

Mauritian writer Shenaz Patel will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Eve Ferguson, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Thu,27 Oct 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT on 11/3

Thursday, November 3, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Program residents Khaled Alkhamissi (Egypt), Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria), Yaroslava Pulinovich (Russia), and Zhou Jianing (China) read selections of their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Presented in partnership with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Thu,13 Oct 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: LAW & LITERATURE on 10/20

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 PM
LAW & LITERATURE

Lawyer and poet Monica Youn reads from her new book, Blackacre, and participates in a discussion with Martha Dragich, Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Missouri. Co-sponsored by the Law Library of Congress.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact:  (202) 707-5394; (202) 707-6462

Please click here for more information.

Tue,11 Oct 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: POETRY, PUBLISHING AND RACE on 10/18

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 PM
POETRY, PUBLISHING AND RACE

Rob Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center, will lead a discussion with poets/editors Cathy Park Hong (New Republic), Don Share (Poetry Magazine), Evie Shockley (Feminist Studies), and Carmen Giménez Smith (Puerto del Sol/Noemi Press) on the ways poetry helps us navigate race in contemporary American culture.   

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Wed,05 Oct 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY on 10/12

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TODAY: KUNDIMAN SPOTLIGHT

Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

 

Thu,22 Sep 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: TERRANCE HAYES on 9/29

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 PM
THE LIFE OF A POET: TERRANCE HAYES

Poet Terrance Hayes will discuss his work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and The Washington Post.

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

 

Mon,19 Sep 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: Reminder: INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: KO UN is tonight!

Monday, September 19, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: KO UN

Korean poet Ko Un and his translator, Brother Anthony, give a bi-lingual reading of Ko’s work, followed by a brief moderated discussion with Frank Stewart, writer and editor of MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. Co-sponsored by Asian Division of the Library of Congress, MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea).

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Mon,12 Sep 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: KO UN on 9/19

Monday, September 19, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: KO UN

Korean poet Ko Un and his translator, Brother Anthony, give a bi-lingual reading of Ko’s work, followed by a brief moderated discussion with Frank Stewart, writer and editor of MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. Co-sponsored by Asian Division of the Library of Congress, MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea).

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Mon,06 Jun 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: FROM THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT TO CAVE CANEM on 6/13

Monday, June 13, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
FROM THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT TO CAVE CANEM

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem, a day-long symposium featuring two panels and a Master Class in children’s literature. This event is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, We Need Diverse Books, and Cave Canem Foundation.

  • 8:30AM – 12:30PM: Master Class featuring Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and other faculty members, Jason Low, publisher at Lee & Low Books; Jennifer Brown, publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint; and Cassandra Pelham, senior editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint. *Master Class open only to accepted applicants.
  • 2:00PM – 3:30PM: Panel One: “Writing Across Genre,”featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Tony Medina, and Marilyn Nelson, moderated by Marita Golden
  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Panel Two: “Organizing Founders,” featuring Michael Datcher, Toi Derricotte, and Sharan Strange, moderated by Joanne Gabbin

Evening events to follow at the Folger Shakespeare Theater.

Location: LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thu,12 May 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: LIFE OF A POET: MARY JO BANG on 5/19

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM
LIFE OF A POET: MARY JO BANG

Poet Mary Jo Bang will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Register for the event online, or call (202) 549-4172. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and The Washington Post.

LocationHill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC)
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Wed,11 May 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LITERARY LEGACY OF ÁLVARO MUTIS on 5/13

Friday, May 13, 12:00 Noon
THE LITERARY LEGACY OF ÁLVARO MUTIS

Charlotte Rogers (University of Virginia) will discuss the work and legacy of Álvaro Mutis, one of Colombia’s most prominent poets and prose writers, author of the acclaimed compendium Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Location: Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: cgom@loc.gov

 

Tue,10 May 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: TODAY - SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS

Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 PM
SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS

Writers Eric Gansworth, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Stephen Graham Jones, discuss contemporary Native fiction with a reading /panel moderated by Deborah Miranda. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. This event is co-sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

NOTE: This event precedes 2015 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction winner Louise Erdrich’s reading/book launch of her fifteenth novel, LaRose. Learn more about this event.
Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Thu,05 May 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: URUGUAYAN LITERATURE on 5/12

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 PM
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE: URUGUAYAN LITERATURE

Poet and translator Jesse Lee Kercheval reads selections of Idea Vilariño’s poetry featured in Poet Lore Magazine’s spring 2016 issue; as well as translations of several noteworthy Uruguayan female poets. Idea Vilariño (1920-2009) was a poet, essayist/literary critic, and one of Uruguay’s most influential literary figures of the 20th century. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and Poet Lore Magazine.

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5397

Tue,03 May 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS on 5/10

Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 PM
SPOTLIGHT ON NATIVE WRITERS

Writers Eric Gansworth, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Stephen Graham Jones, discuss contemporary Native fiction with a reading/panel moderated by Deborah Miranda. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. This event is co-sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

NOTE: This event precedes 2015 Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction winner Louise Erdrich’s reading/book launch of her fifteenth novel, LaRose. Learn more about this event.

Location: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building <view map>
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

Mon,25 Apr 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: Making the Case: Critics on Literature on 5/2

Monday, May 2, 12:00 Noon
MAKING THE CASE: CRITICS ON LITERATURE

Critic and Literary Editor at Large of the Chicago Tribune, Elizabeth Taylor will give a lecture discussing trends in contemporary American fiction. This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with the National Book Critics Circle.

Location: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Please click here for more information.

 

Thu,21 Apr 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's Laureate feature "El Jardín" has a new installment! Check it out today.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s Laureate feature “El Jardín” has a new installment featuring materials from the Library’s Hispanic Division. About the project, Herrera says “come with me to visit historic beauties at the Library of Congress, and meet the curator too; read the curator’s description of these magnificent findings, along with links so you can go further; [and] read a poem response from me, which you can replicate in your own words.”

Click here to get started today!

 

Thu,14 Apr 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: Seventh "La Familia" theme closes today! Make sure to submit to U.S. Poet Laureate's epic poem project by 11:59 p.m.

Seventh "La Familia" theme closes today! Make sure to submit to U.S. Poet Laureate's epic poem project by 11:59 p.m. Contribute up to 200 characters on Herrera’s “La Familia” theme: World Unity Tortillas. Herrera says “‘La Familia’ (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences that will run the span of my Laureateship. By contributing to ‘La Familia,’ you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond.”

Please click here to add your voice.

Wed,13 Apr 2016
Poetry & Literature: News & Events: Reminder: Laureate's Closing Lecture "Pioneers of Flower and Song" is tonight!

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 PM
POET LAUREATE CLOSING LECTURE

21st Poet Laureate Consultant Juan Felipe Herrera will deliver his lecture "Pioneers of Flower and Song" to conclude his laureateship. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and presented in partnership with Split This Rock.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394