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Poet News

National treasure Maya Angelou dead at 86

Award-winning author and poet, and influential activist Maya Angelou was found dead at age 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday morning.
In the Media by Alyssa Sellors - 1 comment

Amiri Baraka, activist, poet, and playwright, has died

Newark - Poet, playwright, novelist, activist, and former New Jersey poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, died Thursday at the age of 79.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

Toronto Poetry Slam wins 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Special

On November 9 in Montreal, the spoken word series Toronto Poetry Slam won the annual poetry competition The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, poetically battling against 23 other slam teams from cities across Canada.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Video: Poet 'misspells' the word 'father' in a spelling bee & why

Marshall Davis Jones relates a story of a dream he had about a spelling bee. In poetry form, he explains why he spells the word "father" as "M-O-T-H-E-R."
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Leonard Cohen biography offers art and heart Special

Music journalist Sylvie Simmons interviewed a wide range of people to complete her exhaustive biography on Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen. It was a project done, as she says, with "diligence and heart."
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 4 comments

Woody Guthrie center opens in Tulsa

Tulsa - An archive and interactive museum devoted to the legacy of a singer, songwriter, artist and novelist Woody Guthrie has opened in Tulsa.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Alligator Pie comes to the stage Special

Toronto - Alligator Pie is a book beloved by generations of kids and parents since its publishing in 1974. Now a theatre group in Toronto is translating Dennis Lee's work to the stage.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Marcel Khalife, Musical Poet Special

Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife is a star in the world music scene. His inspired blend of traditional and modern sounds, and his anti-establishment stance have garnered comparisons with Bob Dylan. But as he reveals, there's more than meets the eye.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Spotlight on Carmen Boullosa, poet and novelist Special

Houston - Mexican novelist and poet Carmen Boullosa has been internationally acclaimed. Her works have received praise not only from reviewers but also from leading Latin American writers of our time, including Alma Guillermoprieto and Carlos Fuentes.
Digital Journal Report by Terence Yung - 1 comment

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.
Digital Journal Report by Chris Riddell - 2 comments

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.
Digital Journal Report by Chris Riddell - 2 comments

Dissident poet Josef Škvorecký had died in Canada

Toronto - The Czech dissident poet and author Josef Škvorecký has died in Canada aged 87. Škvorecký had resided in Canada since fleeing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
In the Media by Tim Sandle

Spoken word poet 'Will Da Real One' killed outside of Miami cafe

Miami - Spoken word poet Willie Lee Bell Jr was gunned down just after closing his Literary Café and Poetry Lounge in Miami early on Sunday morning.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Poet Dwayne Morgan delivers keynote at Black History event

Markham - As Black History month celebrations wrapped up at the beginning of March in Markham, Ontario, spoken word poet Dwayne Morgan was brought in as the keynote speaker for the celebration.
In the Media by William Charles Baker

New Ted Hughes poem discovered

A poem by former poet laureate Ted Hughes, entitled "Last Letter", has been found. It was written about the night he heard the news of the suicide of his estranged wife, Sylvia Plath.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley - 2 comments

Poet spreads haikus across Atlanta

Atlanta - A poet in Atlanta has been going out at night to spread his art around the city but some people are not happy about it. What he calls “roadside haiku” a local group calls “litter on a stick.”
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 1 comment

Toronto poet Truth Is... performs during Pride Week Special

Toronto - Truth Is... is one of Toronto's busiest spoken word poets. She was at the James Canning Stage on Saturday to give Pride Week her own special touch with stories in the form of poetry, along with Beth Anne Fischer.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins

Poet John Andrew Akpata- Speaking the truth with no fear Special

Award-winning Ottawa poet John Andrew Akpata has a message. The government is stealing from the poor and giving it to the rich. He has used his poetry in the political realm.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 3 comments

Toronto Poet Truth Is Tells It Like It Is

How do you change the viewpoint of society? For some it's the pen. For some that pen bleeds the soul of an audience, hitting hard. Powerful words in the form of poetry shook us to the core. Such words are spoken by a Toronto poet named aptly Truth Is.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 2 comments

Afghan poet decapitated after trying to seek asylum in Australia

An Afghan man was recently rejected asylum in Australia and was sent back home. The man was then kidnapped and brutally killed by Taliban forces.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 10 comments

Final celebrations for the "Year of Rumi"

The year 2007 has been marked by a world wide celebration of the 800th birthday of the poet Rumi. Iran's series of celebrations will finish with the celebration entitled “500 Days with Molana” on Dec. 19 at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
In the Media by John Rickman - 18 comments

Hidden Talents

We know him as the managing editor of Digital Journal but David Silverberg is an up and coming poet in the city of Toronto. On Saturday June 23rd he'll host the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word team qualifier semi-finals.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 19 comments

The Poet of All Nations

For eight hundred years the writings of a Persian poet and religious mystic have inspired the great thinkers of both the East and the West. In honor of this man, UNESCO has declared 2007 to be the “International Year of Rumi.”
In the Media by John Rickman - 9 comments

My Tribute to Gerald Levert

This is just a collection of links that highlight Geralds work. He was an avid poet and lyricist.
In the Media by krfb - 1 comment

Harry Potter wants to be a poet

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has threatened to ditch his acting career to become a poet.
In the Media by bulanjing - 1 comment
 

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Eytan Millstone
Eytan Millstone performing
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Michael Blumenthal award winning writer
Michael Blumenthal
Michael Blumenthal award winning writer
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Poet Cathy Petch at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals 2011
Poet Cathy Petch at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals 2011
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Michael Blumenthal
No Hurry, Michael Blumenthal
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Photo of minimalist poet Robert Lax from slide presentation given by Steve Georgiou, PhD
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Amiri Baraka-poet, activist, author
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Maya Angelou speaking at a rally for Barack Obama  2008
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Maya Angelou speaking at a rally for Barack Obama, 2008
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto s Canadian Festival of Spoken ...
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Michael Blumenthal
And, Michael Blumenthal
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Ted Hughes was an English poet and children s writer
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Ted Hughes was an English poet and children's writer
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Poet Estefania at Toronto Poetry Slam @ The Drake Hotel
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Poet Estefania at Toronto Poetry Slam @ The Drake Hotel
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Poet Sinead Morrissey
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Poet Sinead Morrissey
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Sylvie Simmons
Sylvie Simmons interviewed a range of people for her biography of Leonard Cohen, including the man himself.
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Simon Wourms from Saskatoon performing poetry
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Simon Wourms from Saskatoon performing poetry
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Günter Wilhelm Grass is a Nobel Prize-winning German author, poet, playwright, sculptor and artist
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Lishai Peel representing Toronto performing poetry during the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Lishai Peel representing Toronto performing poetry during the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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David Silverberg in Victoria during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
David Silverberg in Victoria during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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