The Poet Is In

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“I had a dream of having poetry at the intersections of New York, where all kinds of people pass through daily,” says Marie Howe, former New York State poet laureate, about the inspiration for the Poetry in Motion: The Poet Is In festival. The annual National Poetry Month event is hosted by the Poetry Society of America and MTA Arts & Design, and features poems written on request by award-winning poets.

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Sarah Gerard With Challis Popkey

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In this video, Challis Popkey speaks with author Sarah Gerard about her novel, Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015), and her first essay collection, Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017). Gerard’s debut essay collection is featured in Page One of the May/June 2017 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

A Conversation With Dawn Lundy Martin

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“Innovation in every single art form is necessary in order for us to be able to imagine something else.” In this video from Furious Flower, Dawn Lundy Martin discusses her fascination with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, collaborating with the Black Took Collective, and the value of experimental poetry.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Bonnie Boswell

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“I take inspiration from the fact that however difficult our moment is today, it’s not as difficult as it has been in the past.” Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Bonnie Boswell about the current political climate and connections between his own personal history and his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015). Nguyen’s first story collection, The Refugees (Grove Press, 2017), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Books Featuring Refugees

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In this video, Book Riot offers six recommendations for books that feature refugees including Girl at War (Random House, 2015) by Sara Novi­ć, Inside Out and Back Again (Harper, 2011) by Thanhha Lai, and Exit West (Riverhead Books, 2017) by Mohsin Hamid.

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Momentum and Urgency in Fiction

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“Many stories with real urgency and momentum grow out of a simple request; someone says to someone else, ‘There's something I want you to do.’” Charles Baxter, author of the short story collection There’s Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon, 2015), delivers a lecture on dramatic structure and how to create urgency and momentum in stories for the Word Works series at Hugo House.

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