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American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. For ...

Dutch poet declines assignment to translate Gorman's works

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A writer who was chosen to translate American poet Amanda Gorman's work into Dutch has handed back the assignment following criticism that a white author was selected to ...

Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” w...

Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Ferlinghetti died at his San Fra...

What kindness brought to folks featured in 'One Good Thing'

In 200 stories over this pandemic-ridden year, The Associated Press has celebrated selfless people who have given of themselves in trying times. The stories have warmed hearts of rea...

With heavy hearts, Italians mark year of COVID-19 outbreak

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — With wreath-laying ceremonies, tree plantings and church services, Italians on Sunday marked one year since their country experienced its first known COVID-19 death. ...

Pope visits Holocaust survivor in Rome home to thank her

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday visited with a Holocaust survivor in her Rome apartment to pay tribute to all those who suffered from what he called “the craziness of Nazi populism.” ...

EXPLAINER: Why Spaniards are rioting over rapper's jailing

MADRID (AP) — Riots broke out in many Spanish cities this week during freedom of speech protests over the jailing of a little-known rapper for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorism. ...

Ella Emhoff makes runway debut -- and yes, she's in a coat

NEW YORK (AP) — They already knew she looked good in a coat. So the designers at Proenza Schouler decided to dress Ella Emhoff — art student, knitwear designer, fledgling model and s...

Review: A different kind of American odyssey in ‘Nomadland’

The great recession didn’t just eliminate jobs, it also erased an entire town. Six months after U.S. Gypsum closed its doors in Empire, Nevada, a company town since 1948, its zip code was retired and ...

'Notre Dame de Paris' set to play two cities at once in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The classic French musical "Notre Dame de Paris" will be staged in two cities at once in Taiwan for the first time. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, "Th...

Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who stirred America at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden last month, again commanded the spotlight on one of the country's biggest stages, ...

Turkey Uighurs fear sellout to China in exchange for vaccine

BEIJING (AP) — Abdullah Metseydi, a Uighur in Turkey, was readying for bed last month when he heard commotion, then pounding on the door. “Police! Open the door!” A dozen or more off...

‘RBG’ directors shed light on another legal trailblazer

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West first came across the name Pauli Murray while working on their Oscar-nominated documentary “RBG.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg had written “Pauli Murray” on the front cover...

WNBA's Layshia Clarendon has surgery to remove breasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon, who identifies as transgender and nonbinary, announced on social media Friday that they had surgery to remove breast tissue. “It’s ha...