University of Connecticut: History Professor Uncovers Missing Parts of a Prominent Life. “Cornelia Dayton, a professor of history at UConn, has helped uncover some missing pieces in the life story of Phillis Wheatley, author of the first volume of poetry published by an African American. In a prize-winning research paper recently published in the New England Quarterly, Dayton describes her findings on the later parts of Wheatley’s life.” A Web site showcasing the research is underway.
Correio Do Povo, translated from Portuguese: Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection brings together vast material by the poet
From Correio Do Povo and translated from Portuguese: Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection brings together vast material by the poet. “The Vinicius de Moraes Digital Collection has just been launched and brings together the original documents from the poet’s personal collection, donated to the Archive-Museum of Brazilian Literature (AMLB) of the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation (FCRB), located in Rio de Janeiro. On the site are digital reproductions of manuscripts and typescripts of his intellectual production, of his personal and family correspondence, as well as various documents gathered by Vinicius de Moraes (1913 – 1980) throughout his life.”
Boing Boing: Online archive of e e cummings poetry. “The website aims to republish all of the author’s work as it gradually enters the public domain. Built using open-source software and structured data, it also offers publishers, academics, analysts, fans and artists free and easy access to the poet’s body of work.”
Independent Catholic News: Celebrating the life and poetry of John Bradburne. “Earlier this month the John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS) launched its 100-day Poetry Project, in honour of the life and work for his Centenary Year in 2021. For the following 100 days, leading up to John’s 100th Birthday on 14 June 2021, prominent figures and supporters will read out one of John’s poems on the Society’s YouTube channel. (See link below) You can also visit the JBMS poetry website where Professor David Crystal has compiled all of John Bradburne’s poetry to an online database.”
Emory University: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to give free Emory University reading online. “Current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position, will read her poems at an event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library on Saturday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Although this is normally a large, annual, in-person event — part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series — Harjo’s program will be online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.” The event is free but registration is required.
Mountain XPress: New digital archive examines Nina Simone’s relationship with Langston Hughes. “In 1949, poet Langston Hughes, right, spoke at Allen High School in Asheville. One of the students in attendance was Eunice Waymon, later known professionally as Nina Simone. In time, the poet and the singer developed a unique friendship, which author and N.C. State University professor W. Jason Miller is currently documenting in an online archive.”
Carnegie Mellon University: CMU Students Train AI to Write Book of Limericks. “Mitch Fogelson, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, said he and his fellow students — Xinkai Chen, who completed the Master of Information Systems Management program in December 2020; Qifei Dong, a master’s degree candidate in electrical and computer engineering; Christopher Dare, a master’s degree candidate in information and communication technology; and Tony Qin, a junior artificial intelligence major — opted to focus their AI on limericks because the form has a fixed AABBA rhyming structure. Also, they had access to a database of 90,000 limericks that they could use to train their AI.”
Engadget: Google’s ‘Verse by Verse’ AI can help you write in the style of famous poets. “If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a poet but don’t quite have the lyrical and rhythmic skills one might require, Google’s Verse by Verse tool can help you to craft the most delectable verse. The company’s latest experiment with AI-driven poetry offers suggestions in the style of America’s most renowned wordsmiths.”
Library of Congress: Hispanic Audio Archive Rebrands as the PALABRA Archive and Releases New Recordings
Library of Congress: Hispanic Audio Archive Rebrands as the PALABRA Archive and Releases New Recordings. “With the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities underway, it is time to celebrate one of our institution’s most treasured Luso-Hispanic collections. This year, as is tradition during the heritage celebrations, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress announces the release of fifty new audio recordings from the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) for online streaming. The release makes available new material from this literary audio archive of Iberian, Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX poets and writers reading from their works.”
InPublishing: Poetry London Launches Complete 24-Year Digital Archive For Institutions. “Available for institutional subscriptions, the fully-searchable resource will grow with each new issue published and allows for seamless access to a treasure trove of work from emerging and acclaimed poets, says Exact Editions. Poetry London has risen from modest beginnings as a listings newsletter into one of the UK’s leading poetry magazines. Published three times a year, each issue features poems and reviews from London and far beyond, including work in translation.”