Soviet Poet and Human Rights Activist Irina Ratushinskaya Passes Away – Poetry News 11th July

 

Born 4th March 1954, Ukrainian-born Ratushinskaya – Ukraine was then part of the Soviet Union – graduated from Odessa University in 1976 as a physicist. She was a school teacher, marrying a fellow physicist, and had a strong Christian faith. On the face of it, her upbringing and love of poetry did not make her the natural dissident. But Ratushinskaya was imprisoned for ...

AI Poetry/Obituary Poetry/Laureate to perform to Music – Poetry News Roundup – 10th July

 

Today's news roundup takes stories from Pennsylvania, Cambridge and King's Lynn. University of Cambridge Researcher Claims AI can write poetry Former Cambridge Researcher, Jack Hopkins, has developed a system using Artifical Intelligence to write poetry. The system, which has been ‘trained’ to write by being fed thousands of lines of previously written poetry, can adapt to write on specific themes, or within a specific ...

Poetry and Theatre/Live Poetry/Never Irrelevant – Poetry News Round Up 7th July

 

Today’s poetry round up offers us an insight into how poetry can bring people together, and how we can be surrounded by poems but not even know it. Poetry Inspires Theatre The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s resident ensemble Universes, is currently performing a new musical, UniSon which is inspired by the poetry of August Wilson. The musical takes it inspiration from several the poets ...

Phillip Larkin/Jerwood Compton/Claudia Castro Luna – Poetry News Round Up 6th July

 

Today's news features stories from the UK and US. Don't forget to check back daily for all the latest news in the poetry world. Philip Larkin – A Fresh Insight into the Life of the Poet As part of the Hull City of Culture celebrations, a new exhibition has been opened at the University of Hull in the Brynmor Jones Library. The exhibition will ...

US Poet and Educator, Jack Collom, passes away age 85

 

John Aldridge “Jack” Collom, died on Sunday 2nd July at his home in Boulder, Colorado. He was a prolific poet, essayist and pedagogue. He taught poetry at both the local K-12 schools and also the University of Naropa, where he had been an adjunct professor since 1986. A memorial is being planned by the university for later this summer. Growing up in the ...