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All the headlines from February.

News

  • The folk musician and cellist Leyla McCalla released her debut album Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes in which she sets Langston Hughes’s poetry to music. Read more at Boston Globe, NPR and Mother Jones. Here is one of the tracks:

  • A poetry app was released on Valentine’s Day which featured names such as Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson and Tom Hiddleston reading romantic poems from Allie Esiri’s anthology The Love Book. Read more at The Telegraph, CBR and Chicago Sun-Times.
  • The actress Kristen Stewart revealed she has been writing poetry for years and published a poem in Marie Clare which she described as “embarassing.” Read more including the poem itself at The Independent, PopWatch and The Daily Mail.
  • It was announced that a collection of poetry by Iain Banks, the novelist who died in June last year from cancer, will be published in 2015. Banks spoke about wanting to publish poetry in his final interview. Read more at BBC NewsThe Bookseller and The Star.
  • The Arab-Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani, was executed in Iran for allegedly having links with a separatist terrorist organisation. The news shocked human rights groups worldwide. Read more at The GuardianHuffington Post and Frontpage Mag.

Deaths

  • Maggie Estep, the spoken-word poet who popularised slam poetry on US television, died aged 50. Read more at The New York Times, USA Today and The LA Times. Watch her performing ‘Emotional Idiot’ here:

  • Michael Baldwin, the poet and novelist who had a passion for teaching others, died aged 83. Read more at The Guardian.

Awards

  • Eduardo Lizalde won the Federico Garcia Lorca Poetry Award in recognition of his lifetime body of work. Read more at Global Post and Latin American Herald Tribune. Here is Lizalde reading his poem ‘El tigre en celo’:

Book Releases

  • The Outnumbered Poet, a posthumous collection of critical and autobiographical essays by Dennis O’Driscoll (not yet rated on GoodReads). Read a review at The Guardian.

All ratings are from GoodReads as at 26/02/2014.

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