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Mark Strand, has been selected for the National Book Award's longlist for his 2014 book, Collected Poems.

Joseph Slaughter was elected for a three-year ascending term to serve as President of the American Comparative Literature Association.

James Shapiro edits new anthology on Shakespeare in America.