Memorial for Henry David Thoreau/Orlando’s 1st Poet Laureate/Poets Independence Day Play a Success – Poetry News Round-Up 13th July

 

Today's news covers an import memorial, news of a search for Orlando's 1st Poet Laureate and poet Vanessa Evers' first foray into theatre. Memorial poem for Henry David Thoreau's 200th Birthday To celebrate the 200th birthday on July 12th of celebrated poet Henry David Thoreau, Robert Chute, Professor Emeritus of Biology and acclaimed Maine poet, has written ...

RIP to the Poet Who Refused to Live in the Shadows – Rudy Kikel passes away – Poetry News 12th July

 

News has reached us of the passing of Rudy Kikel, ages 75, at his home in Jamaica Plain. He won numerous awards and accolades, and as well as publishing five collections of his own and editing two others, he was also the editor of Bay Windows, a Boston based gay community newspaper. There are universal themes that all gay men and women will recognise ...

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 ...