Roger Waters Writes Poem for Veteran Who Located Where His Father Was Killed

Roger Waters Writes Poem for Veteran Who Located Where His Father Was Killed

News by Dean Fetzer November 13, 2013
The Pink Floyd frontman has sent a poem to 93-year-old Henry Shindler, who discovered the “exact time and place where the singer’s father died during a German attack”.
Bookshots: "The Ogre's Wife" by Ron Koertge

Bookshots: "The Ogre's Wife" by Ron Koertge

Review by Brian McGackin October 17, 2013
Remember when you used to read poetry? Well you're about to start again.
‘Lost’ Rudyard Kipling Poems Give Clues to His “Rebellious Side”

Lost Rudyard Kipling Poems Give Clues to His “Rebellious Side”

News by Dean Fetzer
Recently discovered poems by the author of ‘The Jungle Book’ provide new insight into his anti-establishment leanings.
Afghan Woman Writing

Literary Groups Help Persecuted Women In Afghanistan to Write

News by Christopher Shultz August 28, 2013
Miram Baheer and the Afghan Women's Writing Project help suppressed female voices across the country find an outlet.

Authorial Artists: 5 Painters Who Also Wrote

Column by Christopher Shultz June 26, 2013
If you can apply paint to canvas, then surely you can put pen to paper, right? These five artists added literary writing to their oeuvre. Were they successful?

UPDATED WITH WINNER: LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: April (and POETRY) Edition

Column by Taylor Houston May 1, 2013
A poem. An apology. A prompt. Flash Poetry in honor of April's Poetry Month.
Poetry in Google Autocomplete

“Is It Ok To Sleep With Your Cousin?” - Poetry Found In Google’s Autocomplete

News by Dean Fetzer April 4, 2013
Google Poetics is a tumblr blog finding poetry in the automatic suggestions that appear in Google’s search box.

Six Types Of Poems To Banish Writers Block

Column by Kimberly Turner April 4, 2013
It's National Poetry Month, the perfect time to play with language and form. We've got six quick, easy kinds of poetry that will get your creativity flowing, no matter what you're working on.
Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

News by Dean Fetzer
The discovery of an original printing of ‘The Revolt of Islam’ - an epic at nearly 5,000 lines - suggests someone other than the poet amended it.
William McGonagall - World's Worst Poet

£3,000? That Seems a Bit Much for a Poem by the ‘World's Worst Poet’

News by Dean Fetzer February 19, 2013
A rare poem by 19th-century Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall – widely agreed to be “the worst poet in English literature” — goes on sale in London this May.
Pablo Neruda to be exhumed

Chilean Court Calls for Pablo Neruda to be Exhumed For Autopsy

News by Dean Fetzer February 11, 2013
The body of the Noble Prize-winning poet is due to be exhumed for autopsy to determine the cause of his death in 1973.

The Blagger's Guide to Sylvia Plath

Column by Cath Murphy January 15, 2013
To blag (v): to sound like you know what you’re talking about when you don’t The Blagger’s Guide to Literature (n): an invaluable resource for those who wish to blag about books without reading them.
Poetry Collection to Feature QR Codes

Forthcoming Poetry Collection to Feature QR Codes

News by Dan Shewan October 22, 2012
New poetry collection will feature QR codes to enable readers to access audio recordings of poems read by the author.
The Fall Of Arthur by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fall Of Arthur: New Epic Poem Coming From Tolkien

News by Dave Reuss October 11, 2012
Tolkien fans will have 200 more pages to enjoy next year.

Art and the Aphorism

Column by Jon Gingerich September 12, 2012
Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
The Great Book-Spine Poetry Challenge

The Great Book-Spine Poetry Challenge

News by Kimberly Turner August 7, 2012
Inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian's delightful 'Sorted Books' project, LitReactor wants to see your best book-spine poetry. Start sorting!
Poetry Bomb

London Bombed Tonight...With Poetry

News by Kimberly Turner
A Chilean arts collective will make it rain poetry over London tonight, dropping 100,000 bookmark-shaped poems over the city to celebrate the ‘biggest gathering of poets in world history.’
Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

Meet New U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

News by Kimberly Turner June 8, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey was named Poet Laureate of the U.S. yesterday, so we went to drink champagne with her.
USPS poetry stamps

Postal Service Does Adorable/Esoteric Thing, Makes Forever Stamps In Honor Of Poets

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 26, 2012
If anyone can understand the plight of the US Postal Service, who are being edged out by more efficient digital tools, it's people in publishing. Which is probably why they're pandering to lit nerds.
Guenter Grass criticizes Israel

German Author Guenter Grass Criticizes Israel in Controversial Poem

News by John Jarzemsky April 4, 2012
Nobel Prize winning author Guenter Grass has published a controversial poem in a German daily newspaper, in which he criticizes Israel for escalating conflict with Iran.
Student Chastised by Teacher for Not Reading "Black" Enough

Student Chastised by Teacher for Not Reading "Black" Enough

News by John Jarzemsky March 23, 2012
A Virginia high school student was instructed by his English teacher to read a Langston Hughes poem "blacker" in front of his class.
Chicago Event Celebrates Writing, Booze

Chicago Event Celebrates Writing, Booze

News by John Jarzemsky March 2, 2012
Chicago pays homage to the love affair writers have with booze in the upcoming 'Lost Chicago Drinking Poems' event.

What You Can Learn From Ronald Reagan: A Primer On Love Letters

Column by Taylor Houston
Give more than chocolate this V Day--try your hand at writing a love letter with a little help from the pros.
Tomas Transtromer

And The Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize For Literature Is...

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 6, 2011
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins 2011 Nobel Prize for literature, is more than meets the eye.