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Hello WNBA-ers. Our new blog site is up and running. So, head over to the new site to catch up on the latest member news and events for the WNBA-NYC. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything.

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books_blogFort Greene Park Literary Festival

August 24, 2013
2:00 – 6:00pm
Fort Green Park Martyr’s Monument
Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Enjoy readings by Writers Foundry faculty members Chris Adrian, Ayana Mathis, Timothy Small, Jackson Taylor, and Joseph Torres, and young writers from the New York Writers Coalition workshops.  The after party  will be held at Greenlight Bookstore.

Hosted by Laurie Cumbo and Angel Nafis

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FPR-200In honor of National Poetry Month, the Found Poetry Review, a literary journal dedicated exclusively to publishing found poetry, presents Pulitzer Remix, a project of eighty-five poets from around the world creating found poetry from the 85 fiction winners of the Pulitzer Prize. “We recognize that there are many prestigious awards recognizing the work of writers from around the world,” explained Jenni B. Baker, project creator and editor-in-chief at the Found Poetry Review. “Understanding that all lists have their shortcomings, we chose the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction list for both its length and its potential to spur new works of found poetry by our poets.” Each poet is assigned one book and will post one poem a day to the Pulitzer Remix website.  By month’s end, more than 2500 new poems will be created.

The poems are not just rehashings of the novels in verse, but new poems that vary in topic and theme from the original works. Found poems involve choosing words and phrases from existing texts, and creating the equivalent of literary collages. The genre includes centos, erasure poetry, cut-up poetry and other textual combinations. For example, from Gone With the Wind, Canadian poet Roxanna Bennett has created beautiful verse, but of a darker tone. The site also features interviews by the contributing poets.

PULRemixAfter the conclusion of Pulitzer Remix, Baker intends to seek a publisher for an edited collection of poems from the project.

“Compared to traditional poetry, very few works of found poetry ever see publication. We look forward to putting together a manuscript of the best pieces from the project in hopes that these poems will live on beyond National Poetry Month,” she concluded.

You can follow the daily updates on the Pulitzer Remix website, or Found Poetry Review’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. Check for update on Twitter using #pulitzerremix. For information about participating in next year’s project, email Jenni Baker at editor@foundpoetryreview.com. If you wish to submit to the journal, more information can be found here –  http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/submission-guidelines.

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logo-shadowWomen’s Prize For Fiction Long List Announced

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, released its long list. Nominees include authors Hilary Mantel for her newest book, Bringing Up the Bodies, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, and A. M. Holmes. Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl is also featured, along with Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be?. The shortlist will be announced at the London Book Fair on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The winner, which will be announced Wednesday, June 5th at an awards party in central London, will receive $45,000 in prize money, as well as the bronze ‘Bessie’ statuette.

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Take a look back at the VIDA statistics about the number of female book reviewers and the number of female authors whose books are reviewed by prominent organizations to understand and appreciate the significance of an award that recognizes the contributions of female fiction writers.

Congratulations and good luck to the nominees!

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circle_PeopleAs seen on www.un.org:

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”, seeks to strengthen the international community’s commitment to put an end to violence against women. As part of the effort the UN leads to fight violence against women, Secretary-Generals Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE campaign calls on all governments, civil societies, women’s organizations, men, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing this global pandemic.

To  visit the website and read a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, click here.

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champagneDear WNBA Community,

Thank you all for making our fall 2012 programming season so successful.  Your support and active participation in the NYC chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is what makes our organization so vital.  We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming months at our many spring events.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

–Jane Kinney-Denning, President, WNBA-NYC

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poinsettiasThe blog is going on vacation!

But while the blog is off eating cookies and catching up on its reading, we hope that all of our readers will have an amazing holiday and a very happy New Year!  May you receive many great books, and the time to read them.

The blog will be back after the new year with new literary events, guest blogs, book reviews, WNBA news, and more.  As always, any members who would like to contribute to the blog can do so by contacting blog@wnba-nyc.org.  We hope to hear from you!

Happy Holidays from the Women’s National Book Association!

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