Kevin Young on Claude McKay

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In this Library of America video, Kevin Young discusses Claude McKay’s 1919 poem “If We Must Die,” the rhymes and the collective voice in lines such as, “Though far outnumbered let us show us brave.” This poem is included in African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, an anthology edited by Young and published by the Library of America, which is featured in The Anthologist in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Bryan Washington on Cooking Soondubu

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“Maybe meeting a new flavor is alchemy. Today you can’t stand it, tomorrow it’s all you can stand.” In this New Yorker video essay, Bryan Washington talks about frequenting Korean restaurants in Houston and learning how to cook soondubu, a Korean tofu stew, as a way to reconnect with his mother. Washington’s new book, Memorial (Riverhead Books, 2020), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o at the African Literature Festival

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“In Kenya, we have many peoples who make up the Kenyan nation. Please note: I am not using the word tribe. I do not use the word tribe to describe anybody.” In this African Literature Festival video, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o speaks with hosts Samuel Ndogo and Mingqing Yuan about writing his first novel in verse, The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi (New Press, 2020), which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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N. Scott Momaday With Robert Redford

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“I have written somewhere that there is only one story, but there are many stories in the one, and I like that idea.” In this video from PBS’s American Masters series, N. Scott Momaday speaks with Robert Redford about the oral tradition, hearing stories from his father, and the importance of language and story. Momaday’s second memoir, Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land (Harper, 2020), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Tracy K. Smith at the Bookworm in Beijing

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“Great stones of whitewater / hammer down.” In this 2017 reading at the Bookworm, an independent bookstore in Beijing, Tracy K. Smith reads a translation of Yi Lei’s poem “Huangguoshu Waterfall,” included in My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree (Graywolf Press, 2020), translated from the Chinese by Changtai Bi and Smith, which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Cristina Rivera Garza: 2020 MacArthur Fellow

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“If I had been comfortable with the world in which I was living, I would never have written a word.” In this video, 2020 MacArthur fellow Cristina Rivera Garza speaks about how she came to be a writer and the ways in which she explores the tension between English and Spanish from a transnational perspective. Rivera Garza’s Grieving: Dispatches From a Wounded Country (Feminist Press, 2020) is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Tyree Daye Reads From Cardinal

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Cardinal is conjuring the question: Where can Black people go to be safe?” Tyree Daye introduces his second poetry collection, Cardinal (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), and reads “Miss Mary Mack Introduces Her Wings” and other poems. Cardinal is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Danielle Evans

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“All writing is really an act of translation, we’re trying to ask someone to inhabit someone else’s experience for long enough to understand some portion of it.” In this 2018 interview for Oregon Humanities Center’s UO Today, Danielle Evans reads from her debut story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead Books, 2010), and speaks about her writing practice and teaching. Evans is featured in “The Confounding Insistence on Innocence” by Naomi Jackson in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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