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Blessing the Boats: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton, a celebration of the late poet's life and work on the occasion of the posthumous publication of her Collected Poems by BOA Editions, was held on February 21 and featured readings by poets Sherman Alexie, Tina Chang, Toi Derricotte, Michael Dickman, Timothy Donnelly, Cornelius Eady, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nick Flynn, Tonya Foster, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Marie Howe, Dante Micheaux, Sharon Olds, and Tracy K. Smith.
Last month poet Martín Espada spoke with Bill Moyers about how poets "reach out and put our hands on the intangible". A one-time lawyer and advocate, Espada has published more than fifteen books of poems, translations, and essays, including his latest poetry collection, The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011).
"If you've ever tried to make a student loan payment with a credit card and you find out the loan and the credit card are issued by the same bank, I think you'll understand the characters in this book," says Jim Gavin about his debut story collection, Middle Men (Simon & Schuster). For this and other new and noteable books, check out this issue's Page One.
Manal Al Sheikh says it is dangerous for her to be a writer in her hometown of Nineveh, Iraq, so the exiled poet tries to inspire her readers online from Stavanger, Norway. This short film, directed by Roxana Vilk and aired on Al Jazeera English, explores the Middle East through its contemporary poets as they struggle to lead, to interpret, and to inspire.
Local poets in Parachinar, a remote village in Pakistan that is bordered by the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, in an area that has been torn apart for years by secretarian violence, hold an annual poetry festival with hopes that poetry can bring together diverse communities for peace.
Former Marine Anthony Swofford, author of the memoirs Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles (Scribner, 2010) and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails (Twelve 2012), is one of six writers featured in Rochelle Spencer's "Books and Babies," an article in the new issue of the magazine that takes a look at the challenges of being a parent and an author. In this video, Swofford talks about his experience serving in and writing about the military as well as some misconstrued facts about combat veterans returning home from war.