The new poet laureate of the United States and two-time NEA fellow calls for everyone’s heart to speak out.

Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.


Rebecca Makkai

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From beautifully-crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.

MacArthur fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.


Head shot of Dan Vera

Photos courtesy of Dan Vera

Speaking Wiri Wiri and translating the immigrant experience.


Brando Skyhorse

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He had a childhood no one could make up—with his memoir, he creates order from the chaos.

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.


Tayari Jones head shot.

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Tayari Jones: an author who loves the process of writing.

Historian Raymond Arsenault reflects on the significance of Marian Anderson

Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30 minute concert that helped move a nation forward.


Dinaw Mengestu head shot.

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Dinaw Mengestu moves between Uganda and the American Midwest in his recent novel All Our Names

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.