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Poetry Out Loud
Launched in the spring of 2006, Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest (POL) has been inspiring a love of poetry in high school students across the country ever since. A...
According to Nikki Giovanni —poet, activist, professor, Grammy nominee—Columbia University owes her a degree. As Giovanni related, "I was at Columbia University in an MFA program, and the object there...
Marc Smirnoff. Photo by Carol Ann Fitzgerald Marc Smirnoff wasn't looking to start a literary magazine when he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1987. In fact, the native Californian wasn't even looking to move to Mississippi. But thanks to mix of car trouble and serendipity, Smirnoff found...
Ann Angel. Photo by Shannon Wucherer In the days of Facebook and text messages, capturing a teenager's attention can seem like a Herculean task, particularly in the literary realm. Yet writer Ann Angel has successfully built her career on that ever finicky YA market. She has written biographies...
This week's podcast features the award-winning writer of crime fiction, Laura Lippman. Lippman began her writing career as a journalist, and worked at the Baltimore Sun for 12 years. She credits her time with her hometown paper for revealing a city she had never seen growing up. She understood...
This week's podcast puts the spotlight on 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient Rita Dove. Dove has had a remarkable career as a poet, and she has the credentials to prove it. Not only was she the first African-American U. S. Poet Laureate, she was also the youngest ever appointed. She has also...
Some of the 2011 Cave Canem Fellows with instructor Carl Phillips (back row, 2nd from right). Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths You might not expect Pompeii to figure significantly in the history of African-American literature, but it was a visit to the ancient buried city that inspired the name for...
Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis. "We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." --- Gregory Pardlo...
Kim Roberts. Photo by Dan Vera. "I think place exerts a powerful influence over what we write, how we write it, and how we see ourselves." --- Kim Roberts Poet, editor, historian---Washington, DC writer Kim Roberts wears many hats with aplomb. Roberts' reputation is international: her...
Josh Neufeld
Josh Neufeld talks about the making of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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