Prohibitive societies, Powell's birthday, Edgar Allan Poe's mantel, and more

August 24, 2012

This week was again full of exciting literary news, including several news items about past Neustadt and Puterbaugh participants, which we love to see! (By the way, the 2012 Neustadt Festival is just a little over a month away.)

News, Reviews, and Interviews

GALO Magazine has an interview of American poet Charles Simic about his views on translation.

Ukranian magazine Prostory editorial board member Nelia Vakhovska was recently interviewed about censorship and living in a prohibitive society.

The 22 entries for the Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation were revealed this week. 

2006 Puterbaugh Fellow and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk has been named the "most influential international author" published in China.

The PEN Center USA announced the 2012 Literary Award winners at their website.

For Your Calendar

Powell's Books in Portland, OR is turning 41 this weekend and has a whole host of celebratory events for the public.

2010 Neustadt juror Nathalie Handal will be reading from her newest collection of poetry, Poet in Andalucía, at Skylight Books in Los Angeles next month.

The Griffin Trust (Griffin Poetry Prize) website has their own calendar that lists important poetry event dates for your information.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Take a peek at the mantel where Edgar Allan Poe penned his most famous poem, "The Raven."

Even if you weren't able to attend, you can now experience firsthand the joy of the crowd at Poetry Parnassus when poems began to (literally) fall from the sky.

The Daily Mail published a list of 100 words that have helped shape the English language, as chosen by expert linguists.

Look through a comprehensive list of books that have been banned or censored around the world.

George Carroll has written a guide on "how to get lost in translations."

BuzzFeed has a list of 30 indispensable writing tips from famous authors, including Hemingway, Chekov, and T. S. Eliot.

Writer's block can be really frustrating. Discover the "pointless" things author Sean M. Chandler does to stimulate his writing process over at his blog.