Juan Felipe Herrera won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008 for his collection Half of the World in Light.
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June 10, 2015 Already California's poet laureate, the prolific Chicano writer bears an enduring fascination for his native state — and a passion for teaching that's likely to shape his time in the new role.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott rankled the judges of the Prime Minister's Literary Award with a last-minute announcement. Judge Les Murray later called Abbott's pick a "stupid and pretentious book."
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December 11, 2014 Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging Australia's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.
Donald Hall is a former U.S. poet laureate and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010.
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December 6, 2014 The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian author whose works include The Sound of Things Falling and The Informers.
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June 13, 2014 Also: Alix Ohlin writes about the Swedish author Tove Jansson; Charles Wright speaks with NPR's Melissa Block.
June 12, 2014 Also: Leslie Jamison is writing two new books; a poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips.
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September 19, 2013 The U.S. has had poet laureates, who seem to have worked out well, promoting poetry to the masses. But a bill to similarly sing the praises of scientific discovery and get more young people considering science careers is falling victim to politics.
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