Toi Derricotte: Poets Writing Prose

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“Could prose be an act of resistance against poetry?” In this video from the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum 2014, Toi Derricotte, author of The Undertaker's Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), discusses experiences with form in her writing.

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Marilyn Manson Reads William Blake

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“Expect poison from the standing water.” Musician and poet Marilyn Manson reads “The Proverbs of Hell” by William Blake at Dark Blushing, an evening of poetry, music, and art presented in collaboration with Write Now Poetry Society, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Love and Shame and Love

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“Upon moments like these, time never stops gnawing its little beaver teeth and the dialogue never stops even after we stop listening.” In this 2012 video, Peter Orner reads from his novel Love and Shame and Love (Little, Brown, 2011). His first essay collection, Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live (Catapult, 2016), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk Books, 2011), the debut young adult novel by Ransom Riggs, blends fantasy, mystery, and thriller—and is interspersed with illustrative vintage photographs. Packed with these enchanting elements, the film adaptation, directed by Tim Burton, stars Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ella Purnell.

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Lunch Poems With Will Alexander

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"It is the way I breathe / through chronic terrifying ferns / through a black ungracious stoma..." For the Lunch Poems Noontime Poetry Series, Will Alexander shares from his poetry collection Compression and Purity (City Lights Publishers, 2011). Alexander is the recipient of the tenth annual Jackson Poetry Prize, an annual Poets & Writers award.

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The Family Fang

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"We can't fix them, we can only fix ourselves." In this film adaptation of Kevin Wilson's best-selling novel The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011), Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman star as siblings dealing with their aging artist parents. Kidman, also a producer of the film, optioned the book and recruited playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to write the screenplay.

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Deaf Jam

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"Sometimes in my dreams I sign and everyone understands me." In this 2011 documentary directed by Judy Lieff, a deaf teen is introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and enters into the spoken word slam scene. Deaf Jam has inspired a website which includes resources for ASL poets and workshops with the artists featured in the film.

Dana Spiotta

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"Number 1: Don't write what you know. Start with what you don't know, what you don't understand." In her craft talk at the 2012 Colgate Writers' Conference, novelist Dana Spiotta explains how she wrote Stone Arabia (Scribner, 2011) in six (not-so-easy) steps. Her new novel, Innocents and Others (Scribner, 2016), explores a friendship between two female filmmakers.

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