Ex-probation officer Simon Armitage named poet laureate

Simon Armitage, celebrated for his “witty and profound” take on modern life, has been announced as the UK’s new poet laureate.
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Simon Armitage: ‘Witty and profound’ writer to be next Poet Laureate

The “witty and profound” writer’s work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths.
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Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai Signs With UTA

United Talent Agency (UTA) announced Thursday that it will represent Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. “When I started my fight for girls at 11 years old, working with media and public speaking were key to building support for my efforts. I look forward to working with UTA to develop creative ways to amplify […]

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Essay: Political Poetry Is Hot Again. The Poet Laureate Explores Why, and How.

Tracy K. Smith, the United States poet laureate, looks at the ways poetry has dealt with the shifting political landscapes of the past two decades.
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Books of The Times: A Poet Laureate Sends News From the End of Life

Donald Hall died last month at 89, and his recently published memoir, “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” is “up there with the best things he did.”
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Dion Lee Named the 2017 Australian Fashion Laureate

SYDNEY – Dion Lee has been named the Australian Fashion Laureate for 2017.
The New York-based Australian was presented with the award at a gala dinner for 300 at Sydney’s Barangaroo Cutaway venue on Thursday evening.
At 32, Lee is the youngest recipient of the Laureate, which is now in its 10th year and recognizes outstanding industry achievement.
Previous recipients include designers Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia founder Simon Lock.
The Laureate is the latest in a string of accolades for Lee, who launched his business in 2008, after graduating from Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio and quickly garnering a following for his deconstructed tailoring and signature dresses with complex surface treatments.
The 2013 sale of a strategic stake in the business to the Sydney-based Cue Clothing Co. enabled the designer’s rapid retail expansion in Australia, where he operates eight stand-alone stores, in addition to e-commerce and concessions within the David Jones department store chain.
“[The Laureate] is a bit of a landmark moment for me — knowing that it is voted by your peers,” said Lee, who is now a New York Fashion Week runway regular and boasts over 70 global wholesale stockists.
“It has been a really surreal journey and not a journey

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China’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo Dead At 61, After Years Of Imprisonment

“Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals,” he wrote.
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Meet Tracy K. Smith, America’s New Poet Laureate

“Her work travels the world and takes on its voices,” says the standing Librarian of Congress who appointed Smith.
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Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate

Ms. Smith, 45, says she hopes to be a poetry evangelist of sorts, going to parts of the United States “where literary festivals don’t always go.”
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Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87

Mr. Walcott’s intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds.
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Coen brother to Trump: ‘Make me Poet Laureate!’

Ethan Coen has penned an open letter to President Trump, pleading with him to make him “Poet Laureate of the US”.
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