I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives. I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere. A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.
Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.
“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”
Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com
This is my favorite story of the day so far! I love the thought of this – moving picture in e-books, some of them interactive! How cool is that? Imagine what you can do with children’s and Young Adult literature. I hope this really catches on and it’s no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” would be the story to bring this forward to the masses. Can’t wait to get my copy!
Full article about the new Kindle versions available at Express UK
What a fun idea for the kids!!
Here’s a question for you: What do Spiderman, Little Miss Muffet, Alice, Peter Pan and Izzy from Jake and the Never Land Pirates have in common? They were all sitting side by side in class at Tamworth Public School on Monday.
Full Story & Gallery: Students bring books to life | Gallery | The Northern Daily Leader
Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.
The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.
Full Story: 93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW
The outpouring of support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey continues in Texoma. While many are donating food and money, volunteers at the Friends of the Library in Wichita Falls are donating books to those along the Gulf Coast.
Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers who can assist with packing and loading up books. They have already collected thousands of books and are excited to send to those down to children impacted by the floods.
Full Story: WF organization sending books to Gulf Coast – KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX
Pauel determines where they go next — home to their family or group home, sometimes on electronic monitoring, or upstairs to the juvenile temporary detention center.
Before they leave her courtroom, Pauel directs them to her bookshelf and invites them to grab a book or two. To read. To keep. No strings attached.
“I usually go stand next to them when they pick out a book, and it’s the first time that I’m not up on this bench,” she said. “I’m just a person standing next to them, like, ‘What do you like?’ We just talk. Sometimes they’re just shocked. ‘Do I return this to you?’
“I don’t think they get a lot of stuff.”
Full Story: Cook County judge gives books — and hope — to juveniles she sentences – Chicago Tribune
I will never profess to anyone that writing a book is easy, but nonfiction writers do have a leg up over their novelist and memoirist peers in that nonfiction can and should be formulaic. It’s all about your table of contents, and if you bang that out on the front end and feel good about the points you’re hitting, you have a strong template to guide you all the way through to the end. Yes, you still have to execute good writing and keep your reader interested in your topic, but there are a few tricks (ie, skills) that you can implement to attract agents and editors—and eventually readers.
Full Story: Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost
This what true lack of “Free Speech” looks like.
Not the “I don’t like what you have to say” version many have protested in this country.
Continue reading “Poet Held in Southern China Over Planned Poetry Anthology Remembering Liu Xiaobo”
What a clever way to celebrate National Poetry Day!
The public are invited to drop a word relating to the sea, along with contact details, into the boat. They will receive an instant prize of a biscuit and a poem from one of two new collections of poetry, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen and Everything is Here by Rob Hack and go into the draw to win dinner for two and a cruise on a boat in Mana or copies of these collections.
Full Story: Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition | Stuff.co.nz