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Poet Richard Blanco takes a virtual tour...

The Malibu Poet Laureate Poetry Studio has been hosting workshops for six years, and on February 11, they received a virtual tour from Richard Blanco, former President Barack Obama’s 5th Presidential Inaugural Poet. Blanco was introduced by Kathy Eldon, the founder of Creative Visions, visited Mr. Eric Carrier’s creative writing class at Malibu High School […]

Namara: a poet and speaker in the making

By Lilian Ndilwa One of the upcoming young talents in the world of poetry and public speaking is Namara Lwansa. Namara, who is a fourth-grade student at Feza Girl Secondary School, started writing poems when she was just 10 years old after an English teacher tasked the whole class with writing a poem. The 15-year-old […]

Elusive Narrator Navigates Scandal and O...

This morally complicated and deliberately provocative campus romance begins with an attention-grabbing prologue: a handsome, unconscious, half-naked 40-year-old man is tied to a chair. The woman watching him is an English teacher, which becomes clear when she describes the moment before the man wakes up as “a perfect example of liminality.” Her students love the […]

Another Auriemma with a great story to t...

Feb. 17 – Maybe that’s the whole “Auriemma” thing. It’s hard to top his surname as he is so acclaimed. It’s just as difficult to tell her story without the tagline “Geno’s Daughter” deflecting the flow. Let’s start here: Alysa Auriemma is a gifted writer, exemplified perhaps best by an old line from poet Sylvia […]

Poets head to Zoom

The Poetry Night Reading Series is proud to present San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Landon Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, via Zoom: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/my/andyojones. Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator from San Francisco. His latest program on extrajudicial executions of black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used […]

‘Arsenic and Adobo’ Author and Hermosa N

CHICAGO — Mia Manansala’s first book received rave reviews when it was released last year — and now the Chicago native is publishing a second story. Manansala’s first mystery, “Arsenic and Adobo”, was well reviewed by The New York Times and nominated for several awards, including an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. “Homicide and […]

A delicious fairy tale | News, Sports, ...

Martin has already suffered terribly by the time the reader meets him, spending the summer at the family cottage in the Adirondacks. We learn few details about his life before Cyrus and Nonie adopted him from Father Horrigan’s boys’ home, where he has been living for a few years. The suspense builds around […]

Ninth graders explore themes of social j...

Photo by Marcy StamperIn “Let America Change for Once,” Sage Schrager wrote about seeing everyone as equal, regardless of skin color or who they love. Let America be carefree again. Let America be fun. Let America be chubby. Let America be fair. These are some of the 45 visions of ninth-graders at Liberty Bell High […]

Sierra College to Host Online Sierra Wri...

Thursday-Saturday, February 10-12, Sierra College Press will host the 2022 Sierra Writers’ Conference, featuring science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, author and publisher Nisi Shawl, Nevada County Poet Laureate Kirsten Casey and a group of writers whose presentations focus on various elements of story, writing, and community building. “In this time of profound societal change, […]

Lester Weiner | Obituaries | The Newbu...

Lester K. Weiner March 28, 1935 – January 1, 2022 Amesbury – Les Weiner was ushered into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 1, 2022, surrounded by his family, including his wife of 62 years, Kay (Niles) Weiner. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he graduated from Elmhurst College and traveled to […]

Ilford’s Hannah Lowe wins Costa Book Awa

Published: 10:04 17 January 2022 A poet and teacher from Ilford has won a national award for her sonnets about studying at Barking and Dagenham. Hannah Lowe topped the poetry category at the 2021 Costa Book Awards with her collection The Kids. The 45-year-old started writing the poems that became a collection of 66 sonnets […]

A Hawkeye Fanship of Yelena and Kate Bis...

Fans of Disney’s Hawkeye series have shipped Yelena Belova and Kate Bishop as their dream LGBTQ+ couple. But that shouldn’t happen. One thing that Disney Hawk Eye made it clear how much Marvel fans love Kate Bishop and Yelena Belova. In fact, there’s a call to seeing these two heroines in a romantic relationship, as […]

Esther McCune Obituary (2022) – Glastonb

Esther (Tess!) Souza McCune, friend, poet, educator and pillar of her family and community, died on January 1, 2022 at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, at the age of 91. Her life began on May 14, 1930, when Joseph and Celia Souza were lucky enough to have their first child, Esther Marie Souza. His […]

The ins and outs of cocktails

Do you know what a “boomerang” means in terms of a bar? Before reading The Oxford companion for spirits and cocktails, edited by David Wondrich with help from Noah Rothbaum, I didn’t. Now I am doing it, and the information has brightened me up considerably. A boomerang is a drink sent from a bartender from […]

How the Northman is inspired by Shakespe...

Robert Eggers’ next historical epic, The Northman, is about a Viking prince seeking revenge for his father. It is also based on a play by Shakespeare. The man of the North is an upcoming historical epic about a young Viking prince seeking revenge for his murdered father. The trailer for the film has already generated […]

15 best Dark Academia books of all time

If there’s one aesthetic that lends itself best to a jam-packed shelf, it’s dark academia. With such an emphasis on reading, it’s no wonder that “dark college books” videos have over 1.5 billion views on TikTok alone. But what is it actually makes a book read by a “black university”? The black academic subculture revolves […]

Evocative and debated Irish poet Thomas ...

Academic Adrienne Leavy, writing in The Irish Times, saw Mr. Kinsella’s poetic career split into two clear segments: first an embrace of “elegant formalism and a lyrical style” beginning in the early 1960s, influenced by WH Auden, Patrick Kavanagh and others; then a more experimental phase in which formal verse was abandoned, reflecting his exposure […]

Valerie Bertinelli, Brian Cox, Bob Odenk...

Like many people, your feelings about 2021 are probably complicated at best. But your feelings about this year’s books shouldn’t be: they were better than ever. While a lot of things let us down (we’re watching you, pandemic), our favorite authors didn’t. Last year saw the release of killer literary titles like “Beautiful World, Where […]

Roundabout | To see or not to see Mandu...

Sometimes it happens that the Bard of Avon, who had to be memorized in high school and middle school, comes back at a strange time right now. Tonight, as I click on the typewriter, sorry I meant the keyboard, when I sit with the two copies of Swadesh’s book placed on the desk in front […]

Retired lawyer writes inspiring philosop...

J. William Lewis’ “The Essence of Nathan Biddle” arrived with a massive press kit – a lengthy press release, exuberant pre-release accolades from multiple sources, and a very comprehensive interview with the author. In a way, this ploy works. Seeing such an effort, one feels compelled to try the book. And I was not disappointed, […]

A new encyclopedic guide to stirred, sha...

Do you know what a “boomerang” means in terms of a bar? Before reading “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” edited by David Wondrich with help from Noah Rothbaum, I didn’t. Now I am doing it, and the information has brightened me up considerably. A boomerang is a drink sent from a bartender from […]

Sir Paul McCartney’s memoir seeks to aff

December 4, 2021 Words. By Paul McCartney. Edited by Paul Muldoon. Right of exploitation; 960 pages; $ 100 Allen Lane; £ 75 THE LIVES distinguished people often take a lot to say. Yet even the faithful might raise an eyebrow at Sir Paul McCartney’s memoir: two volumes totaling 960 pages. Casual Beatles fans might also […]

Renowned poetry critic Professor Mutlu K...

English professor Emeritus Mutlu Konuk Blasing, 77, passed away peacefully on August 16 at his summer residence in his native Turkey. Blasing left a profound impact on the scholarship of poetry, and she was known by family, friends, colleagues, and students for her intelligence, honesty, and dedication to her work. The Herald spoke with several […]

“Facebook made me realize I don’t have a

Louise Nealon was 18 when she had a dream that belonged to someone else. “The dream was not very alive. It was just a general feeling of being disembodied. What I remember more than the dream is the feeling of disappearing completely from myself. It may sound like an experience of a nervous breakdown, and […]