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The New York Times reports that China barred three writers from joining the Independent Chinese PEN Center’s 10th anniversary celebration in Hong Kong last week. Larry Siems discovered the same treatment during PEN’s trip to Beijing the week before.

“Structures that will withstand time.” Ben Mirov begins a stint as guest poetry editor for PEN this week. He joins us for a reading and conversation about his work.

Rising Voices discovers that Twitter has become a useful tool for preserving minority and indigenous languages across a broad spectrum of communities.

“This country is made of fear.” The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting follows opposition writers and artists to a few [semi-]safe havens in Minsk, where a single letter of the Belarusian alphabet becomes a “kind of middle finger to state authorities.”

Our friends at Swedish PEN launch The Dissident Blog, which publishes essays by writers, journalists, and bloggers deemed “too dangerous to be read” in their home countries.

Faulkner at Virginia houses a wealth of resources—audio recordings, transcripts, essays, photos, and more—from William Faulkner’s two terms as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia from 1957–58.

Robert McCrum of the Guardian asks whether it’s time to start compensating authors for stuffing the coffers of big-name literary festivals.

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Wild man and guest poetry editor Ben Mirov tells you all about the best cattle in poetry on The Daily PEN American. You have to imagine “Rawhide” playing in the background as it happens.

Canarium Books, one of my favorite small presses, is posting cover images of its 2013 roster of books. Here’s the first image ofPink Reef, by Robert Fernandez. Robert’s first book, We Are Pharaoh (Canarium, 2011) was amazing, and I’m sure Pink Reef will be, too. If you are not familiar with Canarium, be sure to look at their catalog of authors. Each of their books features beautiful, idiosyncratic design and poetry.

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Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.
This installment, selected by Ben Mirov, features a poem by Donald Dunbar, author of Eyelid Lick (FENCE, November 2012), which won the FENCE 2012 Modern Poets book prize. 
Read the poem here.

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.

This installment, selected by Ben Mirov, features a poem by Donald Dunbar, author of Eyelid Lick (FENCE, November 2012), which won the FENCE 2012 Modern Poets book prize.

Read the poem here.

A roundup of poetry-related news compiled by guest editor Ben Mirov.

Mud Luscious Press, the esteemed small press and progenitor of the imprints Nephew and Blue Square, is in financial trouble. Please check out this post for more information and buy a book or two from them. I highly recommend I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur by Mathias Svalina, When All Our Days Are Numbered by Sasha Fletcher, and fuckscapes by Sean Kilpatrick.

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A big day for poetry here at PEN American:

1) Check out the latest edition of the PEN Poetry Series, edited by Ana Božičević and Amy King, which features a selection of Salvadoran poetry in translation from the latest issue of Aufgabe

2) Next, stop by the PEN Poetry Relay, where you can read Dante Micheaux’s “Good Kisser" and listen to audio of Micheaux reading the poem. And be sure to stop back through in a week for an interview with Micheaux on his poetry.

3) Last but never least, Ben Mirov is here with the poetry roundup to keep us all savvy on the latest and greatest in the poetry world. Of particular note, let’s all buy a book or seven from Mud Luscious Press, who is facing some financial straits.

See you on the mean streets of poetry, warriors.