September 11, 2012

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Subject: New Poet Laureate, PEN Grants and Awards, MFA Essentials, and More

Poets & Writers
September 11, 2012  
In This Issue
Watch: Natasha Trethewey
18 Literary Honors from PEN
MFA Essentials
A Musical Blend
Poets & Writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival
9th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival (Ad)
Job Listings
Are You a Friend of Poets & Writers?

Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

Queens University Charlotte MFA in Creative Writing

Empire State College MA in Liberal Studies

Miami Writers Institute

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Natasha Trethewey

Later this week, Natasha Trethewey will give her inaugural reading as the new US Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. If you'd like a preview, watch this clip of her reading earlier this year at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

To learn more about Trethewey, check out Kevin Nance's profile in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Go to Clips


PEN American Center recently awarded eighteen grants, awards, and fellowships to some of the most promising and distinguished voices in the literary community.

Head to the Grants & Awards Blog to read our coverage of their annual awards, which range in topic from social justice to science, and were awarded this year to authors including Susan Nussbaum, E. L. Doctorow, and the late Christopher Hitchens.

Read More About the Awards


We've made it easier for you to get reliable information about graduate creative writing programs. Visit the MFA Programs Database for the essentials on low- and full-residency programs, including funding opportunities, program size, and core faculty.

Want more information? The September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, featuring our sixth annual special section on MFA programs, is now on newsstands.

Our Guide to MFA Programs, another great resource if you're considering an MFA, has been updated for 2013 and is available for purchase.

Rattling Wall Musicians and musically-minded writers are receiving more air time in literary journals. Learn how you might take advantage of this trend in the latest installment of Literary Mag Net, which offers examples such as Rattling Wall's essay from Henry Rollins (former Black Flag front man), the Hudson Review's translations of thirteenth-century French song lyrics, and curated mix tapes from the Believer and Esopus.

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POETS & WRITERS AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL you're heading to the Brooklyn Book Festival next weekend, stop by and say hi! Poets & Writers' staffers will be at booth number 6, near the main stage. You can pick up swag, learn more about our programs, and enter our raffle to win a year's subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine.

A full schedule of events and participating organizations is available on the Brooklyn Book Festival's website.

9th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival January 21-26, 2013, Delray Beach, Florida. Faculty: B. H. Fairchild, Terrance Hayes, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, Laura Kasischke, Thomas Lux, Tracy K. Smith, Lisa Russ Spaar. Special guest, Billy Collins. A week of powerful poetry in Delray Beach. Workshops, readings, craft talks, annual gala celebration, late night coffee house, and more. Deadline: November 9, 2012.

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