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Two of the three HENRY Review editors, Shayne Barr and Katherine Bernard. Photo by HENRY cinematographer, Edison Koo. The HENRY Review describes itself as a literary video symposium. However, the content they are producing could be defined as much more. In a year’s time, the volunteer-driven...
Image of Philip Levine used courtesy of The Poetry Foundation Last year, my colleague Rebecca and I were lucky enough to sit down and talk poetry with the former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine in his suite at the Library of Congress. Rebecca conducted the interview while I recorded it. One of the...
In this week's podcast, we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking at his extraordinary legacy through the work of author Taylor Branch. Branch is best-known for his landmark trilogy on the Civil Rights era, America in the King Years, which won numerous awards including the...
A selection of Dzanc Books printed copies, which are also available as e-books. Photo courtesy of Dzanc Books
As printed pages are increasingly traded in for digitized screens, the very basics of publishing are being turned on their heads. Jacket copy is now replaced by metadata, downloads are...
"Unlike most poets, I do not teach at a university, possess an MFA, or even spend very much of my time talking about poetry." --- Ken Chen Author, attorney, translator, executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, Ken...
2013 NEA Literature Fellow Srikanth Reddy. Photo by Suzanne Buffam " I’d venture to say that the role of the artist in the community is to make art that explores his or her personal eccentricities with such intimacy and ardor that those curious peculiarities come to feel universal...
"Art in all of its manifestations is engagement with others. I love to grab someone’s hand and say, here it is---the story." --- Debra Magpie Earling A native of Spokane, Washington, novelist and short story writer Debra Magpie Earling has garnered numerous awards for her work,...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of...
Pro Helvetia's exhibitor sign at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. Photo by Ira Silverberg I was en route to meet some friends---a Portuguese editor, two Italian editors who publish a fantastic line of American writers in translation, and a Swedish agent, a pretty typical lot of the people who one...
With Halloween on the horizon, it seemed a particularly good time to sit down with Baltimore mystery writer Laura Lippman and talk about the master of horror fiction--- Edgar Allan Poe. A pioneer of detective fiction and science fiction and a poet of haunting and evocative verse, Poe is also...

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