Land Gifted By Poetry Admirer/Burns Fellow 2020/Poetry on the Buses – Poetry News Roundup September 12th

In today’s poetry news round-up we take a look at the generous gift of land given to a university by a poetry admirer. We also have an article about the Burns Fellow 2020 and the launch of this year’s poetry on the buses project in Vancouver.

Land Donated to School by Robert Frost Admirer

The University of St. Thomas in Houston, the only private Catholic university in Houston, has received a generous gift of just over 50 acres of land. The university made an announcement earlier this year that it was planning to create a new campus in 2020, and the gift has been made by a man who graduated in 1952.

The benefactor, Vincent D’Amico who has been a dedicated scholar to the works of the poet Robert Frost since he graduated says that this gift would not have been possible without the poet himself.

After he graduated, D’Amico spent 2 years in the army before returning to education where he gained his teaching certificate. It was during this period, teaching seventh grade that he became acquainted with the works of Frost and he fell in love with the vivid imagery of nature that his poetry paints.

The new building will benefit the university’s nursing program which will also be an ode to D’Amico’s mother who was a nurse.

Burns Fellow for 2020 Named

The Burns Fellows for 2020, a collection of artists and award-winning writers, have been announced by the University of Otago.

There are five fellowships that are announced every year and each of the recipients receives space on the campus as well as a stipend for between 6 to 12 months.

The Robert Burns Fellow for next year will be the poet and literary historian Dr John Newton. He is currently working on the second instalment of “Where Exactly Are We?”, his history of writing in New Zealand during the 20th century.

B.C. Buses to Feature Work of Kamloops Poet

Every year, TransLink and BC Transit partner with the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia aims to put poetry on the buses.

This year, the poet Garry Gottfriedson has been chosen as one of the 10 authors whose poems will be seen around the town.

The poems will be displayed in the form of poetry cards, which will also give information about the book that they came from. The cards will be available on all of the buses in the Metro in Vancouver and also all over the province.

The poetry that will be on display was submitted by the publishers and then selected by a jury. The Word Vancouver festival, which will take place on 29th of September will see the campaigns official launch. The event will take place at the public library in the city.

Passengers who spot any of the poetry cards are invited to share them on social media using the hashtag #PoetryInTransit. This will give them a chance to win a selection of books used for the event.



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