From January 2024 to February 28, 2024, the poetry world saw several notable events and recognitions:

**The Poetry Foundation’s January-February 2024 Issue**: This issue features a variety of poems, poem guides, audio poems, collections, and more, showcasing the latest works from renowned poets and emerging talents. The issue is designed to provide a glimpse into the current landscape of poetry, offering readers a wide range of perspectives and styles.

🔗 https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/issue/161687/january-february-2024

**Billy Collins’s Poetry Broadcast for February 27, 2024**: Billy Collins, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, shared a poetry broadcast on Facebook on February 27, 2024. This event allowed fans and followers to engage with Collins directly, offering insights into his work and the art of poetry.

🔗 https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=956424202568309

**Recent Winners for January/February 2024**: Several prestigious poetry awards were announced, including:
* **Cyree Jarelle Johnson** won the 2023 James Laughlin Award for his collection “Watchnight,” receiving $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
* **Margarita Pintado Burgos** and **Alejandra Quintana Arocho** won the 2023 Ambroggio Prize for the translation of Burgos’s “Ojo en Celo / Eye in Heat” by Arocho, receiving $1,000 and the translation will be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2024.
* **Stephanie McCarter** won the 2023 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for her translation from the Latin of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” receiving $1,000.
* **Mia Kang** won the 2023 Airlie Prize for her collection “All Empires Must,” receiving $1,000, and her book will be published by Airlie Press in early 2025.

🔗 https://www.pw.org/content/januaryfebruary_2024_recent_winners

**2024 National Poetry Month Preview**: The Academy of American Poets has kicked off 2024 with several initiatives, including a partnership with 826 National for the Dear Poet 2024 program. This program encourages students in grades five through 12 to write letters to award-winning poets, with selected letters being read by the poets themselves. This year’s poets include Leila Chatti, Chen Chen, Nicole Cecilia Delgado, John James, and Mara Pastor, along with chancellors Marilyn Chin, Nikky Finney, Ed Roberson, and Patricia Smith. The program aims to foster students’ interest in poetry and is supported by Penguin Random House, accepting submissions through April 22. A booklet containing the poems read by this year’s poets, along with student letters and poet responses, will be published online in June.

**Academy of American Poets and Scholastic Collaboration**: In collaboration with Scholastic, the Academy of American Poets has announced author-illustrator Jack Wong as the artist for its annual Poetry Month poster, featuring lines from Lucille Clifton’s poem “blessing the boats.” The poster will be distributed free of charge to 85,000 classrooms, libraries, bookstores, community centers, and homes to commemorate the month-long event in April. This marks the second time the Academy and Scholastic have teamed up on the poster, which is distributed via the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

🔗 https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/94173-2024-national-poetry-month-preview.html

**Publication of “A Godless Ascends”**: Trish Hopkinson’s first full-length book, “A Godless Ascends,” published by Lithic Press, is now available for pre-order. The book, divided into four sections with beautiful artwork by Nancy Smith, including the cover art, will be officially released to celebrate the vernal equinox, March 19, 2024. Those who order signed copies before March 19 will be entered in a drawing to win an 11×14 print of one of the paintings used as artwork in the book.

🔗 https://www.vianegativa.us/2024/02/poetry-blog-digest-2024-week-8/

**Artificial Intelligence in Poetry**: The Cambridge Writing Centre has organized workshops on making A.I. work for writers, focusing on Lynda Clark’s concept of A.I. as ‘creative amplification.’ This involves using A.I. tools in conjunction with one’s own writing practices to produce new and surprising effects. The workshop included training sessions using Max Woolf’s GPT2-Simple, a Colaboratory Notebook for training your own pet text-generating A.I. This initiative aims to explore the intersection of technology and creative writing, offering a unique perspective on the evolution of poetry.

🔗 https://www.vianegativa.us/2024/02/poetry-blog-digest-2024-week-8/

Now you’re caught up! 🪄

news