Poem in your Pocket Day is tomorrow (April 24th), and you can celebrate by carrying your favorite poem with you and sharing it with others. In celebration of this day, we’ve asked a few poets to share one of their favorite poems with us.
Lauren Camp is the author of This Business of Wisdom (2010) and editor of the poetry blog Which Silk Shirt. Each Sunday, she hosts Audio Saucepan, a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio. She guest edited WLT’s special section on international jazz poetry in the March 2011 issue. “Letter to Baghdad” begins her manuscript-in-progress...
When news broke yesterday about the death of Gabriel García Márquez, the entire staff of World Literature Today paused to reflect on the legacy of a writer who not only redrew the map of world literature but also added a thousand new colors to illustrate its unknown territories. García Márquez received the first of many international awards when he was chosen as the winner of the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, an award sponsored by WLT, having been nominated by the Icelandic writer Thor Vilhjálmsson and chosen by an international jury from an illustrious slate of candidatesthat included future Neustadt laureates Paavo Haaviko and Czesław Miłosz as well as Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Zbigniew Herbert, Octavio Paz, and Nathalie Sarraute. The Summer 1973 issue of Books Abroad (the forerunner of World...
T. S. Eliot once described the month of April as the “cruellest month,” but we can’t believe how chock-full of celebration it is! From National Poetry Month to National Library Appreciation Week, April seems to have it all for literary lovers. Find these celebrations plus more in the links below.
News, Reviews, and Interviews
In addition to being National Poetry Month, April is also Jazz Appreciation Month. NPR recently ran a piece on the points where jazz and poetry intersect to commemorate the month. (We’ll also point you to our special jazz poetry section from the March 2011 issue of WLT.)
South Korea is the focus of this year’s London Book Fa...
A Conversation with Don Bartlett
In Norway, many bookstores carry a wide variety of translated fiction, noticeably more than one might see in a UK or US bookstore. Don Bartlett and other translators of the Norwegian language work on translating the culture of Norway into English. I spoke to Bartlett about the importance of cultural knowledge in translation, what it’s like to translate the variety of literature in Norway, and what he’ll be working on after he finishes a Danish thriller.
Perhaps in reading Norwegian works we can pick up whatever it is that seems to so influence the Norwegian populace to read other cultures.
Sarah Smith: How did you first learn Norwegian? How was the process different from the other languages you've studied?
Don Bartlett: After studying German at university, I work...
Between lit prize announcements and several very exciting upcoming events, this week was an exhilarating one! Make sure to pay extra attention to this week’s For Your Calendar section, where we’ve highlighted several great events coming your way very soon.
News, Reviews, and Interviews
Sherman Alexie’s books talk about Native American culture, but they resonate with so many different people. He recently sat down to talk about why with Poets & Writers.
This past weekend, Neustadt laureate and beloved author Gabriel García Márquez was hospitalized in Mexico City while fighting off several infections. We have learned that he was released from the hospital on Wednesday to continue recovering at home.
The shortlist for the 2014...