Ana Blandiana

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Ana Blandiana reads the poems “Prayer,” “Above the River,” “A Transparent Being,” and “Country of Unease” from her collection My Native Land A4 (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) in Romanian with Viorica Patea, who translated the collection with Paul Scott Derrick, reading the English translation. Blandiana is the recipient of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s twelfth Lifetime Recognition Award.

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Dear White America

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“I’ve left Earth in search of darker planets, a solar system that revolves too near a black hole. I have left a patch of dirt in my place and many of you won’t know the difference...” Danez Smith reads his poem “Dear White America” at the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Festival. Smith’s second collection, Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), is longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in poetry.

Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng talks with Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep about becoming a mother while writing her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press, 2014), elements of story inspiration, and the setting of her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press, 2017). Ng’s second novel is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Frank Bidart Reads Herbert White

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In this 2014 video from the Chicago Humanities Festival, Frank Bidart reads his poem “Herbert White,” which is included in his latest collection, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). The new book is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion

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Roxane Gay reads part of “The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion” from her essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, 2014). Her debut memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Harper, 2017), is featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Big Little Lies

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Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Big Little Lies (Penguin Books, 2014) has been adapted into a television miniseries, created by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The dark comedy tells the story of a murder involving three mothers of young children, and stars Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley.

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Pam Houston on Dialogue

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“Nothing makes me want to hurl a book across the room harder and faster than when the writer gives me a quick little emotional recap to make sure I’m keeping up.” For the Word Works series at Hugo House, Pam Houston, the author most recently of Contents May Have Shifted (Norton, 2012), delivers a lecture on crafting dialogue.

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Shara McCallum

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“City of my birth— / if I forget thee, who will I be, singing the Lord’s song in this strange land?” Shara McCallum reads her poem “Psalm for Kingston” at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival. McCallum's latest collection, Madwoman (Alice James Books, 2017), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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