The Journal Gazette
Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:00 am


Next poet laureate is announced

Associated Press

Joy Harjo has been named the country's next poet laureate, becoming the first Native American to hold that position.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Harjo's appointment, saying in a statement Wednesday that the poet helped tell an American story of continuity and disruption, “reckoning and myth-making.” Harjo's one-year term begins this fall. She succeeds Tracy K. Smith, who served two terms.

Harjo, 68, is known for such collections as “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” and “In Mad Love and War.” Her previous honors include the PEN Open Book Award and the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.

Monroe work taken

Goodbye, Norma Jean?

Officials say someone climbed a more than two-story tall Hollywood public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe.

The statue depicting Monroe in her iconic pose from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” went missing early Monday from the “Four Ladies of Hollywood” gazebo.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell says a witness saw someone climb the gazebo on the Hollywood Walk Fame and saw off the statue.

Los Angeles police say investigators have recovered fingerprints from the gazebo.

The gazebo was erected in 1994. It pays tribute to women in film, with depictions of Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West and Anna May Wong making up the structure's pillars.

Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, died in 1962.

Simon poetry honor

Paul Simon was honored by the Poetry Society of America, and he celebrated by reading a couple of poems and singing a few songs.

During a dinner benefit Tuesday night at the New York Botanical Garden, Simon and poetry editor Alice Quinn were praised for their achievements and love for language. Quinn is the former poetry editor for The New Yorker and a former editor at Alfred A. Knopf who is stepping down from her longtime position as the poetry society's executive editor.

Simon is widely cited as among the first songwriters to bring a consciously literary sensibility to rock music. 

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Bonnie Bartlett is 90. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 88. Actor Danny Aiello is 86. Musician Brian Wilson is 77. Actor John McCooks 75. Singer Anne Murray is 74. TV host Bob Vila is 73. Singer Lionel Richie is 70. Actor John Goodman is 67. Bassist John Taylor is 59. Guitarist Jerome Fontamillas is 52. Actress Nicole Kidman is 52. Singer Dan Tyminski is 52. Actor Peter Paige is 50. Actor Josh Lucas is 48. Singer Chino Moreno is 46. Singer Amos Lee is 42. Drummer Chris Thompson is 39. Singer-actress Alisan Porter is 38. Singer Grace Potter is 36. Keyboardist Chris Dudley is 36. Actor Mark Saul is 34. 

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