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People browse vendor tents at Printers Row Lit Fest with Dearborn Station clocktower in background
Talk to any technophile, and they'll tell you the same thing: books are for dinosaurs; newspapers are dead. Blog posts are the new literary essay, and the only sentences worth...
J.D. McClatchy. Photo by Geoff Spear I’ve been writing poems for half a century now, and for nearly as long I’ve been teaching students---at Princeton and at Yale---how to write them as well, drilling them in the complexities of the craft and the ambitions of the art. Thomas Mann once...
Zhou Zan. Photo by Katie Schulze "though shaped like banners, the women/never indulge in dancing in the wind --- from "Wings" by Zhou Zan Zhou Zan, a native of China's Jiangsu Province, is a poet, translator, and scholar. She edits the journal Wings , which is devoted to women...
Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis "This is a very practical side to the arts: opening up space for creativity---be it in painting or biology!---and nurturing it." --- Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora: Poems , released by W.W...
Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
September 6, 2011 Danielle Evans. Photo by Nina Subin Barely into her mid-20s, fiction writer Danielle Evans ---a literature and creative writing professor at DC's American University---has already distinguished herself among her peers with such recognition as the 2011 Paterson Prize, the 2011...
David Hinton. Photo courtesy of Mr. Hinton "I treat a translation as a poem of my own, with the complication that it needs to correspond to an original." David Hinton is one of 16 literary translators newly selected to receive fellowship support from the NEA to translate works of...
The Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR), published at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, calls itself “a literary magazine of consequence” with good reason. For a literary journal produced in one of the more far-flung regions of the country, it has generated considerable notice for its stories:...
Washington, DC Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh." ---from "Here, Bullet" by Brian Turner Having served in the U.S. military for seven years, in his work poet Brian Turner bears...

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