2024 Pulitzer/AI Poetry Camera/Trillium Award – Poetry News Roundup May 8th

Today on My Poetic Side we look at the winner of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize, the AI camera that “makes” poetry and the shortlist for the Trillium Book Award.

Winner of 2024 Pulitzer Prize Announced

A work of poetry that was published in the Georgia Review has been announced as the 2024 winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The Georgia review is a publication linked to the University of Georgia, which was first published in 1947. The poetry, which was published under the title “Tripas” was written by Brandon Som.

Som’s poetry is described as a

It highlights a dignity in the working life of his family and how this creates a sense of community rather than conflict. The poetry celebrates Som’s Chicana grandmother who worked on an assemble line and his father and grandparents, who were Chinese American, and had a family-owned store.

Som has a doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Southern California. He has a Master’s degree in poetry which he received from the University of Pittsburgh. The Pulitzer prize has an award of $15,000 attached to it.

Poetry Over Pixels

A new camera which uses AI to turn what it sees into haikus, short poems or sonnets is one of the latest technologies to look at different ways in which poetry can be created.

The camera which looks like many of the instant cameras thar are available is based on a Raspberry Pi camera module. It is a reverse AI image generator, which used AI to put together words from a real life situation. The camera is being hailed as a new way to make memories by its creators.

This “poetry camera” prints out short poems on paper, similar to a receipt, using an internal thermal printer. Whilst the creators just wanted to have fun with technology through their creation, it is possible for those with the right skills to adapt the camera to create other types of poetry.

Trillium Book Award Announces Shortlist

The publication of the shortlist for the Trillium Book Award shows that this year, titles from small independent Canadian publishers dominate the contenders.

There are 13 books on the list spread across three categories, both in French and English. This year, however, there is no French poetry award as there were not enough entries in the category.

The shortlisted works for the poetry prize are Britta Badour’s “Wires that Sputter”, “More Sure” by A. Light Zachary and “Continuity Errors” by Catriona Wright.

This is the 37th year of the annual award which is presented for literary excellence amongst the writers of Ontario for work in both English and French. The winning authors will receive a prize of $20,000, whilst winning writers in the poetry category will receive a prize of $10,000. There is also support for the publishers attached to each of the works, in the form of assistance in promoting and marketing the winning books. Previous winners of the award include Souvankham Thammavongsa and Stuart Ross.

The winners will be announced on 20th June.








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