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Posthumous Laureate/America’s Got Poets/Wales Book Of The Year – Poetry News Roundup July 2nd

 

Today in our news round-up, we have the posthumous Poet Laureate, the spoken word artist wowing Americas Got Talent and the shortlist for the Wales Book of the Year award. Honorary Poet Laureate Posthumously Named The late country and folk legend John Prine has been posthumously named as the honorary Poet Laureate of his home state Illinois. Prine died at the age of 73 in ...

Pushcart Prize/The Star-Spangled Banner – Poetry News Roundup July 1st

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the winner of this year's Pushcart Prize and the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner. Poet Finally Gets the Prize Finally, after 30 years of nominations, Jo McDougall has won a Pushcart Prize. The poet, who is 84, had heard rumours that she might have won but hadn’t been told through any official chancel, so rang Pushcart Press ...

Burns’ Link To Slavery/Rosen’s Recovery – Poetry News Roundup June 30th

 

Robert Burns and the Link to Slavery The Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns has become the subject of one of the latest discussions over statues in America. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign his name, along with many others has been linked to the questionable acts that took place in America's history, most specifically slavery. People are calling for ...

Dodge Poetry Festival/Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup June 29th

 

We begin another week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the Dodge Poetry Festival. We also look at the shortlist for this years Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. Online Move for N.J. Poetry Festival The Dodge Poetry Festival, a major New Jersey Poetry Festival has confirmed that it will be going ahead this year but will be moving online because of coronavirus. ...

Byron Jewellery Up For Sale – Poetry News June 26th

 

In our final poetry news round of the week, we take a look at some jewellery linked to Lord Byron that is up for auction. Byron’s Unrequited Love and The Jewels up for Auction The story of Mary Ann Chaworth and Lord Byron reads a little like a Regency Romance. The two were related, although distant relatives, they were both beautiful and from ...

Michael Rosen Out Of Hospital/Detroit Rapper/Poet’s Message – Poetry News Roundup June 25th

 

Today we look at an article about the poet Michael Rosen who is hoe having spent 47 days in ICU with coronavirus. We also have a short article about a Detroit poet and rapper. Michael Rosen Finally Home We start today with some good news. Michael Rosen, the poet and author, has finally been allowed to return home following his lengthy stay in ...

Controversial Poem On Government Website/Politician Quotes Poet/Dragon Boat Race Poetry – Poetry News Roundup June 24th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we look at a poem causing controversy on a government website, the politician who often quotes poets and the annual Dragon Boat race. Slang Form of N-word Will Not Be Removed From Official Website by Parliament As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to pick up momentum around the world, with countries looking at removing statues of individuals with ...

Excavations Cancelled/Chinese Poet Arrested/Poetry For Neanderthals – Poetry News Roundup June 23rd

 

Today in our poetry news round-up we look at the poet’s home excavations that are cancelled this summer, the arrest of a Chinese poet and finally a new card game called Poetry for Neanderthals. Excavations at Summer Home of Poet Will Not Go Ahead For over 30 years, excavations have been carried out at a site in Spain where the poet Juan Gil-Albert spent ...

Heaney Estate’s Record Profit/Peruvian Nun’s Poetry – Poetry News Roundup June 22nd

 

We begin the week with a look at the profitability of the Seamus Heaney Estate. We also have a short article about a poetry book written by a former nun from Peru. Record Profit Recorded By Poet's Estate The estate of the late poet Seamus Heaney set up a company to handle the money earned from sales of his books, exhibitions and royalties. ...

Vilenica Prize/ Allama Iqbal Award / Society Of Authors Award – Poetry News Roundup June 19th

 

Our final poetry news of the week takes a look at three recent awards; the Vilenica Prize, the Allama Iqbal Award and the Society of Authors Award. 2020 Winner of the Vilenica Prize Announced Mila Haugova, the Slovak poet has been announced as the winner of this year's Vilenica Prize, which is awarded for Central European Literature. The prize is to be awarded at ...