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Ohio may soon get its first official poet laureate. The Senate has approved Bill 84, which will create the position of Ohio Poet Laureate. The bill says the Ohio poet laureate will serve a four year term.
Read more... June 9, 2014
An algorithm, named TransProse, turns literature into music. The program, developed by Hannah Davis at New York University and Saif Mohammad at the National Research Council Canada, translates the basic emotions of the novel into a musical piece. A research paper on the algorithm can be found here in the journal Computation and Language.
Read more... May 19, 2014
Ahmed Saadawi is the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. He won with his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. The award carries a $50,000 prize as well as the guarantee of an English translation of his novel. Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet and screenwriter.
Read more... May 17, 2014
Alexander Stinton is the winner of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Prize. Stinton's senior these was, "The Eternal in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats." The 47th Prize was announced at a public event honoring the winner and finalists at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library. The annual Sophie Kerr Prize is awarded each year to the graduating senior demonstrating the best potential for literary achievement.
Read more... May 16, 2014
The University of Sheffield is displaying a poem on a giant poster on the side of the Alfred Denny Building. The poem, by Simon Armitage, is called "In Praise of Air." The University calls it the "world's first air-cleansing poem" because the poster is coated in nanoparticles created at the university that help purify the air.
Read more... May 15, 2014
Today picked The Fault in our Stars by John Green as its book club pick. The book has been on The New York Times list for two years. It is being adapted for an upcoming film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The film arrives in theaters on June 6, 2014.
Read more... May 12, 2014
Barbro Lindgren is the winner of the the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Lindgren is the author of children's picture books, plays, poetry and young adult books. The Swedish author has published over 100 titles. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 2, 2014.
Read more... May 9, 2014
The winner of the 2014 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism has been announced. The winner is the University of California Press for its two books: The Collected Later Poems and Plays and The Collected Essays and Other Prose. The books are edited by Peter Quartermain and James Maynard, respectively. They are both part of The Collected Writings of Robert Duncan Series published by the University of California Press.
Read more... May 8, 2014
The Edgar Allan Poe House has reopened in Baltimore. It will be open on weekends starting May 24. Poe lived in the home, located at 203 North Amity Street, from 1833 to 1835. The home is one of three existing homes where the famous writer resided.
Read more... May 6, 2014
Actor Kevin Spacey, who is the director of the Old Vic theater in London, was a guest on The Today Show to talk about his new documentary, directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty). The documentary follows the British and Amrerican actors who toured the world with a production of Shakespeare's Richard III. The play has ruined the health of many an actor - the king has a hunch back and other physical deformities and he's in almost every scene of the play. This leads to exhaustion and physical damage for the actor playing the power mad king. The documentary is called NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage and sounds quite interesting.
Read more... May 2, 2014
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