Asturias Award/Kazi Nazrul Exhibition/Limon Anthology – Poetry News Roundup May 29th

Today in our poetry news round up we look at articles about the winner of the 2024 Princess of Asturias Award, An exhibition to honour Kazi Nazrul and Islam and Ada Limon’s new poetry anthology.

2024 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature Winner Announced

The Romanian poet Ana Blandiana has been named as this year’s winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. The award was presented during a live broadcast which took place in Oviedo, a town in the north-west of Spain.

The judges declared that they had selected Blandiana because she was “a radically singular creator”,and that her writing combined complexity and transparency.

Blandiana published her first book of poetry in 1964. Over the course of the decade that followed, she became an established poet with works like “The Third Sacrament” and “The Vulnerable Heel”. She has developed something of a cult following across Europe and her works have been translated into over twenty different languages.

Her first book of poems was published in 1964, and she became an established poet in the same decade with the works ‘The Vulnerable Heel’ and ‘The Third Sacrament’.

Born in 1942 in Timisoara, she is also well known for her political activism. In the aftermath of the Revolution in Romania in 1989 she was instrumental in founding a campaign to promote the removal of he communist legacy of the country and the founding of an open society.

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This year, there were 21 nationalities in the running with a total of 38 candidates. Previous winners include Philip Roth and Haruki Murakami.

Birth Anniversary Photography Exhibition Organised for Poet

The Film and Photography Club of the Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University organised a photography exhibition to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the National Poet. The exhibition was open for two days.

A number of students from the university and also from externally took part in the exhibition with all participants receiving certificates when the exhibition was over.

Ada Limon – Poetry In The Natural World

As the 24th US Poet Laureate Ada Limon is well known for her poetry. She was recently commissioned by NASA to create a poem that will be transcribed onto a spacecraft that will be sent into space in October. She is also one of the 2024 TIME Women of the Year recipients, and has won many awards over the years.

Now she has published a new book of poetry, titled “You Are Here: Poetry In The Natural World”. This is an anthology of poetry  all about the natural world. Limon asked fellow poets to create original pieces of work based on the world around them. She wanted them to not only speak about the wonders of nature but also about issues like the climate crisis.

As part of the work that she will now be undertaking to help promote the book, she will be touring the United States and visiting as many of the National Parks as possible.

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