Benjamin Garcia With Dana Levin

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In this episode of Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show, Benjamin Garcia speaks about the writing process for his debut poetry collection, Thrown in the Throat (Milkweed Editions, 2020), with his former teacher and mentor Dana Levin. For more Garcia, read his installment of Writers Recommend.

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Lucille Clifton: A Poet’s Life and Legacy

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“This is a woman, whose great-great-grandmother was a slave from the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, now the Republic of Benin. A woman who went on to be one of the most celebrated artists of her lifetime,” narrates Janice Harrington in this mini-documentary “Lucille Clifton: A Poet’s Life and Legacy,” produced by BOA Editions and Hunger Media.

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Weather and Activism

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“The novel in general is about what it means to start widening your circles of care.” Jenny Offill talks about her latest novel, Weather (Knopf, 2020), the dread she feels about the climate, and what brings her hope in this interview with Mary Laura Philpott for A Word on Words. Offill speaks about starting the Writers Rebel NYC branch in “Writers Confront Climate Crisis” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Between Two Succulents With Deesha Philyaw

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In this Charm City Books video, Deesha Philyaw joins the virtual bookseller Megan Graves for an episode of Between Two Succulents. Philyaw, who won the Story Prize for her debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press, 2020), speaks about co-parenting and the women who inspired her book.

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Wound From the Mouth of a Wound Book Launch

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In this Milkweed Editions video, Aimee Nezhukumatathil introduces torrin a. greathouse who reads from her debut poetry collection, Wound From the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions, 2020), winner of the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. greathouse is featured in “A Life in Poetry: Our Sixteenth Annual Look at Debut Poets” in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Copper Canyon Launch Party: Traci Brimhall, Leila Chatti, and John Freeman

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“I love you like a vulture loves the careless deer on the roadside,” reads Traci Brimhall from “Love Poem Without a Drop of Hyperbole,” which is included in her latest collection, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod, for this virtual Copper Canyon Press launch party in 2020. This reading features Brimhall as well as Leila Chatti, author of Deluge, and John Freeman, author of The Park.

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A Celebration of Audre Lorde

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“Lorde is a towering figure in the world of letters,” says Roxane Gay in this 92Y virtual event celebrating the publication of The Selected Works of Audre Lorde (Norton, 2020), which Gay edited. Joining Gay to discuss and read Lorde’s poetry and prose are Mahogany L. Browne, Saeed Jones, and Porsha Olayiwola.

News of the World

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News of the World is a film adaptation of Paulette Jiles’s 2016 novel of the same name, which was a National Book Award finalist. Tom Hanks plays Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a war veteran, widower, and newsreader in the 1870s who travels from town to town reading the news to locals and comes across a young orphaned girl played by Helena Zengel. 

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