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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ENCLAVE Series With Peter Gizzi

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In this installment of ENCLAVE, a virtual reading series curated by Rae Armantrout and Jeanne Heuving, poet Peter Gizzi reads from his collections Archeophonics (Wesleyan University Press, 2016) and Now It’s Dark (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), which is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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A Conversation With Rick Barot

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“I wonder if, you know, all of us poets are actually starting from that place—where elegy is the starting point for everything that we do,” says Rick Barot about the inspiration for his latest poetry collection, The Galleons (Milkweed Editions, 2020), in this conversation with Jane Wong, author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), for Seattle Arts & Lectures. The Galleons was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in poetry.

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Anne Marie Macari Reads for P.O.P.

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“Restless, I want to return and stand at the mouth where wild fig trees grow,” reads Anne Marie Macari in this installment of the P.O.P. series, shot and edited by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Macari’s poetry collection Heaven Beneath (Persea Books, 2020) is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Barnes & Noble Book Club With Brit Bennett

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In this Barnes & Noble Book Club virtual event, Brit Bennett speaks about the themes and writing inspiration behind her latest novel, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead Books, 2020), with Kiley Reid, and answers questions from readers. The novel was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in fiction.

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Omar Sakr at the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival

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I am unearthing yesterday, ungathering this bouquet of quiet, reappearing / in inches.” In this 2017 video, Omar Sakr reads his poem “Ghosting the Ghetto” at the Melbourne Spoken Word festival. Sakr won the 2020 poetry prize for Australia’s Prime Minister’s Literary award for his collection The Lost Arabs (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020). 

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