Presented annually, it is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and one of the nation’s largest literary prizes. Congratulations, Kimiko!!! This is well deserved!
Shadowplay is a print journal, available for purchase on Amazon, but you can read Sonia’s poem in Elysium right here:
If you enjoyed the Barbie movie, you’ll love this piece by our own Nicole Cooley about Dream Houses and miniatures that’s just come out in The Guardian!
We are so excited about the opening of the Louis Armstrong House Museum‘s new Louis Armstrong Center, which will house a 60,000-piece archive across the street from where Armstrong himself lived, in Corona, Queens.
We’re very familiar with this archive over at QC: We’ve been partnering with the LAHM for over a decade on a fellowship that allows our MFA in Creative Writing students to gain access to these materials so that they can create new writing projects based on their new insights into Armstrong’s life.
Ultimately, we’re so happy that everyone can see more of these items–homemade tape recordings, scrapbook photo collages, pages and pages of notes. Louis Armstrong is an American icon, and now the people can spend even more time with Louis!
We’re happy this Center is getting the national attention it deserves! If you want to read more (or listen) about this news, you can check out the story on NPR:
Eugene Lim is the author of the four novels Fog & Car(2008), The Strangers(2013), Dear Cyborgs (2017), Search History (2021) and the chapbook “The Basement Food Court of Forking Paths” (2020). His writings have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The Believer, Granta, Fence. Honors include a book award from the Association of Asian American Studies and Big Other’s 2021 Award for Fiction. He runs Ellipsis Press, known for publishing innovative fiction.
Check out all our faculty on our faculty page!
Just a quick shoutout to our graduating class of 2023–we know you’re going on to great things as writers!
The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation is opening again for applications in creative nonfiction between April 5th and May 5th.
Located in the most culturally and linguistically diverse county in the nation, the Queens College MFA program attracts students dedicated to crossing boundaries in genre, craft, and language. Queens College offers tracks in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation. Students exercise a role in building their writing community through residencies at the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the program’s national literary journal, Armstrong Literary.
Queens College also partners with Cave Canem, Hanging Loose Press, Kundiman, and the college’s ESL program. Teaching opportunities and scholarships are available.
All students study multiple genres and work with award-winning faculty dedicated to their success. In addition to a curricular commitment to excellence in craft, the program emphasizes professional opportunities for students in publishing, arts organizations, and education.
Our own Nicole Cooley has three poems in this issue of Plume–go check them out!
Our own Kimiko Hahn was featured yesterday in a segment for PBS NewsHour about the power of poetry! You can check it out here:
This is exactly what QC MFA brings to the table!
“All that we publish, program, and promote at the Academy of American Poets is fueled by the collective wisdom, imagination, and expertise of our Chancellors,” said Tess O’Dwyer, Chair of the Board. “It’s exhilarating to congratulate poets extraordinaire Kimiko Hahn, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Roberson, and Patricia Smith on their election and welcome them into the leadership of the Academy.”
Chancellors serve six-year terms during which they consult with the organization on artistic matters, judge the organization’s largest legacy prizes for American poets, and act as ambassadors of poetry in the world at large.
To read more about this momentous feat, please visit the Academy website: https://poets.org/academy-names-new-chancellors-hahn-kaminsky-roberson-smith