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Juan Felipe Herrera reads "Five Directions to My House" from his poetry collection Half of the World in Light (University of Arizona Press, 2008). Herrera was named the twenty-first poet laureate of the United States yesterday, the first Latino to hold the position.
"The great thing with poetry is that you can hide a lot of your feelings and a lot of your truth in metaphor, and that's why I felt safe." In this teaser for a documentary from BBC Radio 1, spoken word poets share stories of their first experiences writing poems and how poetry has made an impact on their lives.
"Brown Girl Dreaming is in verse because that's the way memory comes." Jacqueline Woodson speaks about her autobiographical novel, published by Nancy Paulsen Books last August, winner of the 2014 National Book Award in young people’s literature. Woodson was named the new young people’s poet laureate by the Poetry Foundation last week.
"What if there was a place just for book lovers?" Booklandia.TV is a new web video channel featuring author interviews, book reviews, literary news, and more. The channel is produced by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland, Oregon in partnership with Powell's Books.
Based on David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace (Broadway Books, 2010), this forthcoming film follows Lipsky's five-day interview with David Foster Wallace just after the publication of his book Infinite Jest (Little, Brown, 1996). The film is directed by James Ponsoldt with a screenplay by Donald Margulies.