Here are the latest notes from the NYT newsroom "on grammar, usage and style."
InsideHigherEd.com reports on U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's new initiative, Poetry for the Mind's Joy, "through which she hopes to draw national attention to community colleges, as well as drawing the colleges' attention to poetry. She plans to do so in a variety of ways: for starters, by reading her poetry at community colleges across the country -- and this she has already begun, with a reading at the College of San Mateo, in California, last month. She'll also have her own Web page on the Library of Congress's poetry pages; Ryan's page will have a community college focus, and should launch in early 2010. Further, she'll collaborate with the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) on a poetry competition for community college students. Finally, the project calls for the establishment of April 1 as National Poetry Day on Community College Campuses."
Grounding her comments in some new writing by Kenyon Review editor David H. Lynn, Denise Hill of NewPages.com takes on the subject of "Online vs Print: Professional Considerations."
Irina Reyn has won the 2009 Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers for her 2008 novel, What Happened to Anna K. You may recall that I read this book about a year ago and thought it was terrific, so while I am not entirely surprised, I am very happy to see it (and Reyn) honored this way. (To find out more about Reyn and the prize, click here.)