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Pulitzer Remix

The Found Poetry Review is sponsoring an erasure poetry project to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Eighty-Five Poets to Create Found Poetry from Pulitzer Prize Winners During National Poetry Month

BETHESDA, MD – March 28, 2013: Eighty-five poets from seven countries will create found poetry from the 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction as part of Pulitzer Remix, a 2013 National Poetry Month initiative. Each poet will post one poem per day on the project’s website (www.pulitzerremix.com) during the month of April, resulting in the creation of more than 2,500 poems by the project’s conclusion.

The project is sponsored by the Found Poetry Review (www.foundpoetryreview.com), the only literary journal in print dedicated to publishing found poetry. Found poems are the literary equivalents of collages, where words, phrases and lines from existing texts are refashioned into new poems. The genre includes centos, erasure poetry, cut-up poetry and other textual combinations.

“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.”

Pulitzer Remix poets are challenged to create new works of poetry that vary in topic and theme from the original text, rather than merely regurgitating the novels in poetic form. Posted texts will take the form of blackouts, whiteouts, collages and more, and will range from structured to more experimental forms.

This is the second year the Found Poetry Review has lead a project for National Poetry Month, Last year, on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the journal enlisted volunteers to distribute 500 found poetry kits in public spaces in communities across the U.S. and abroad.

After 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.

Follow the project beginning April 1 at http://www.pulitzerremix.com or on Twitter at the hashtag #pulitzerremix. Project updates can also be found on the Found Poetry Review’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FoundPoetryReview) and Twitter profile (https://twitter.com/foundpoetryrev).

Participating poets include Mildred Achoch, Sara Adams, E. Kristin Anderson, Cathryn Andresen, Beth Ayer, Annabel Banks, Mary Bast, Roxanna Bennett, F.J. Bergmann, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin, Jess Bolluyt, Justin Bond, Karin Bradberry, Ed Bremson, Julie Brooks Barbour, Angela Khristin Brown, Kathy Burkett, Chris Cannella, Melissa Carl, Ann Cefola, Nancy Chen Long, Seth Crook, Andrea Dickens, Merridawn Duckler, Heather Holland Duncan, Martin Elwell, David Elzey, Carmine Esposito, Peter Cole Friedman, Ed Garland, Gerburg Garmann, Jerome Gentes, Gary Glauber, Barbara Gregg, Laura Hartenberger, Deborah Hauser, Vicki Hudson,  S.E. Ingraham, Sonja Johanson, Kelly Jones, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Jen Karetnick, Charmi Keranen, William Todd King, Laurie Kolp, David Krilivsky, Allison Lee, Michael Leong, Sally Long, Christopher Luna, Joel McConvey, George McKim, Joshua Medsker, Alexa Mergen, Andrew Milewski, James W. Moore, Dana Perrow Moran, Catherine Nichols, Sarah Nichols, Lindsay Oberst, Cari Oleskiwicz, Amanda Papenfus, Reiser Perkins, Winston Plowes, Jackie Regales, Martina Robinson, Margo Roby, Christina Rothenbeck, Greg Santos, Daniel Shapiro, Patrick Seniuk, Linda Simone, Caroline Simpson, Sarah Sloat, Joel Preston Smith, Sheila Sondik, Sherry Steiner, Scott Stoller, Kara Synhorst, Robin Turner, Angela Voras-Hills, Allyson Whipple, Neal Whitman, Theresa Williams and Patrick Williamson.

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Feed Your Soul presented by 826michigan and InsideOut at the Detroit Public Library

I strongly encourage any poetry-loving Metro Detroiters to attend this free event at the Detroit Public Library in a few weeks:

WHAT: Feed Your Soul, an afternoon poetry conference featuring workshops taught by poets Brent Smith, Bryan Lackner, Catherine Calabro, francine j. harris, Justin Rogers, and National Student Poet Natalie Richardson


A public poetry reading featuring the participating poet instructors and participants as well as 2012 Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett

WHEN: Saturday, April 20. Workshops begin at 1pm, community reading at 3pm.

WHERE: Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue

WHO: 826michigan and InsideOut Literary Arts Project, two nonprofits offering creative writing programs in Detroit

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public

1pm to 1:50pm
Explorers Room: Justin Rogers and National Student Poet Natalie Richardson//
Conference Room: Catherine Calabro//A Poem Mix Tape for Road Trips

2pm to 2:50pm
Explorers Room: francine j. harris//The Postcard Poem
Conference Room: Brent Smith and Bryan Lackner//What’s Inside A Word

3pm Public Reading and food from Detroit Vegan Soul

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My recent guest post at Chasing Reference about my work project, The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia.

Chasing Reference

by Julie Judkins

The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia (AIE) is an undertaking by the University of Michigan’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) in partnership with the University of Michigan Library’s MPublishing division, to create an open source, digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States. The materials in the AIE collection originated as research for two commissioned reports for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (2005) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007). This virtual collection documents the experiences of diverse communities in the United States in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of approximately 675,000 Americans. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the project a prestigious “We the People” designation for its contribution to the teaching, study, and understanding of…

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State of the Book this Saturday in Ann Arbor

Credit: State of the Book website

Looking for something to do this weekend? Consider celebrating Michigan’s contributions to literature at The State of the Book this Saturday, October 6th, in the University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium (915 E. Washington). Special guests include Dave Eggers, Charles Baxter, and Philip Levine.

“This day-long series of public events will showcase the state’s leading literary stars, in partnership with several of the state’s leading non-profit literary organizations: 826michiganDzanc BooksInsideOut Literary Arts ProjectThe National Writers Series, and The Neutral Zone.” Full press release here. Day’s schedule here.

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Press Release: Third Annual Found Poem Student Contest (New York Times)

A while back, I wrote about the practice of erasure poetry. Now you have a chance to put your skills to use! Through April 16th, The New York Times is accepting entries for their third annual Found Poem contest from persons aged 13 – 25. Rules follow.

The rules:

  1. Each poem must be 14 or fewer lines long.
  2. You may give it your own original title if you like.
  3. The poem itself should use no more than two of your own words. The rest of the words and phrases should come from some article or articles published in The New York Times, past or present. (Note: We check. People have been disqualified for not adhering to this rule.)
  4. You might choose to write in a traditional poetic form, or not.
  5. Remember that in a poem, every word, line break and mark of punctuation carries meaning, so have fun experimenting with repetition of words, alliteration, assonance or anything else that enhances what you’d like to say. (Note: Our commenting system doesn’t recognize fancy spacing, so using words to create interesting shapes is unfortunately not an option.)
  6. Please, only one poem per person.
  7. You must be between 13 and 25 years of age.
  8. Don’t include your last name because our privacy rules still apply, but you must give us your first name, your age and your hometown.
  9. At the bottom of your found-poem post, please provide us with the URL(s), or Web address(es), of the article(s) you used. To find a URL for an article, just copy and paste what comes up at the top of the page in your browser. So, for example, this post’s URL is http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/our-third-annual-new-york-times-found-poem-student-contest/, while the URL for the film review of the first “Hunger Games” movie is http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/movies/the-hunger-games-movie-adapts-the-suzanne-collins-novel.html.

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I’m teaching a found object workshop on May 19th at 826michigan

Inspiration Sold Separately: Storytelling through Catalogs and Found Artifacts
Ages: 12-15, 15 students
Saturday, May 19, 2-3:30pm (one session)

Catalogs aren’t junk mail! They’re actually on-going sagas in disguise. Just who are the people buying those clothes and furnishing their homes? What are their stories? In this workshop, we’ll explore how the things we collect tell volumes about our inner lives. Taking inspiration from real life auctions and fictional found object narratives, we’ll re-purpose images from catalogs and magazines to tell stories visually and with minimal text. You’ll never flip through J. Crew the same way again!

Visit the 826michigan workshop page to sign up!


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Jennifer Holm, Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children’s Literature Lecture, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Three time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm is speaking at the University of Michigan Museum of Art a week from today. Admission is free.

Photo by Amy Martin Friedman

Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children’s Literature Lecture (University of Michigan English)
Time: March 29th, 5:10 PM
Location: UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium

Jennifer Holm received a Newbery Honor for her first novel, Our Only May Amelia, which allowed her to eventually become a full-time writer. She is also the author of the Babymouse series, the Boston Jane series, Turtle in Paradise, Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf, and The Creek, among other titles.  Her books have been translated into several languages and The Seattle Children’s Theatre staged Our Only May Amelia in 2002.  She now splits her time between writing and taking care of her children, Will and Millie. Her husband, Jonathan Hamel, and she recently collaborated on a series called The Stink Files about a British international cat of mystery. They all live in Northern California with one slightly stinky cat named Princess Leia Organa.

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