News Poet: Idra Novey
Idra Novey sat in on the daily meetings for Digital News and All Things Considered, and listened to editors and producers debate the day’s news. For Novey, some of the news discussed hit close to home. One of the stories covered gas rationing in New York City, which Brooklyn-based Novey had witnessed on her doorstep that morning. “There was a long line for gas at the gas station near where I live,” she said. “It was really strange to have seen something outside my own building, and then come here and see it discussed at the news table.”
Novey is the author of Exit, Civilian, a 2011 National Poetry Series Selection, and The Next Country, a finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. She has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her recent translations include Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. New Directions and Penguin UK, 2012). She has taught in the Bard College Prison Initiative, at NYU, and in Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
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