Carrie Fountain

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With an introduction by poet Naomi Shihab Nye, Carrie Fountain reads from her books Burn Lake (Penguin, 2010) and Instant Winner (Penguin, 2014) as part of the Lannan Foundation's Poetry Sundays in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fountain and Nye will be panelists at Poets & Writers Live in Austin, Texas on January 9.

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Ilustrado

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Miguel Syjuco describes his usage of Velcro, file folders, and ten separate Microsoft Word documents for the construction of his debut novel, Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010). Syjuco speaks about the importance of Asia Literary Review in Literary MagNet in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Emily Dickinson in Film

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In celebration of Emily Dickinson's 184th birthday today, we share this collage of clips from films featuring her famous poems. The video accompanied a talk at the Emily Dickinson Museum with Jerome Charyn, author of the novel The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson (W.W. Norton, 2010) in 2011.

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Anthony Swofford

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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.

David Rakoff

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In a short video from earlier this year, the author of three essay collections, including his most recent, Half Empty (Doubleday, 2010), and a frequent contributor to This American Life, talks about why he writes, the nature of creativity, and why writing only gets harder. Rakoff died on Thursday night after a battle with cancer. He was forty-seven.

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