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Walt Whitman, considered one of the great American poets, wrote many poems about the United States Civil War, which he experienced firsthand as a volunteer nurse in Washington, DC. The...
This week's podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities...
Crow Indian poet and former Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird, a frequent participant in activities presented by the YMCA Writer's Voice in Billings, Montana. Photo by Corby Skinner "I’ve always believed culture is the way to have people communicate better, whether it’s art...
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2012. Of Morrison's work, the president said, "I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid and not just trying to figure out how to...
Marilyn Chin. Photo by Don Romero "I believe that “innovation” means to be courageous and to get out of your comfort zone and try new approaches." --- Marilyn Chin Marilyn Chin's work unflinchingly explores what it is to be both Asian and American, where those worlds...
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs. Her solo career has been remarkably successful both popularly and critically. She’s known as a wonderful interpreter of song and as a...
Maxine Hong Kingston. Photo by Michael Lionstar This week's podcast focuses on author, Maxine Hong Kingston. Kingston is a pioneering author who in many ways cleared the path for both ethnic and women’s literature. In language that is lyrical and poetic, she looks at the complications of...
Photo by NEA staff People of all backgrounds engage with words and rhymes on a daily basis, from famous poets and spoken word artists to Broadway lyricists and rap sensations. In schools, poetry allows students to explore the diversity and power of language. Outside of the classroom, there is no...
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...

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