Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sex, lies, and poetry...

Poetry has scandals too! That's right--it's not just for politicians and celebrities anymore. This week Ruth Padel resigned from her post as Oxford University's Professor of Poetry. Apparently she contacted journalists about the sexual harassment claims against front-runner Dereck Walcott and encouraged the press to write about his shortcomings. Oxford is going to re-hold elections for the post. Padel served just nine days as the first-ever woman to hold the position.

And here I thought that literary scandals only involved faking your memoirs...

And on a completely different note: only 5 days left to enter the 1/2 K prize!


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