Chigozie Obioma

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“My work is a tragic form of fiction that is both European and African at the same time.” In this interview for the Louisiana Channel, Chigozie Obioma speaks about how his early influences of Shakespeare and Igbo folklore led him to write his debut novel, The Fishermen (Little, Brown, 2015). Obioma is featured in “Portraits of Inspiration” in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Josh Malerman

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Josh Malerman talks about writing novels while touring with his band, incorporating performance and radio play elements into his book readings, and the inspiration behind his debut novel, Bird Box (Ecco, 2014), in this video from the 2015 Midwest Literary Walk. The novel has been adapted into a feature film directed by Susanne Bier and starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Trevante Rhodes.

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Ada Limón at AWP

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Ada Limón speaks about her poetry collections Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015) and The Carrying (Milkweed Editions, 2018) with PBS Books at the 2018 AWP Annual Conference & Book Fair. Limón is interviewed by Carrie Fountain in “The Poetry of Perseverance” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Murinals

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“The viewer has to essentially expose themselves in the most vulnerable way I can think of to another poet’s words.” Using gold leaf paint on the porcelain of men’s urinals around Miami, artist Ian Thomas installs excerpts of contemporary poetry by poets, including Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, and Natasha Trethewey, as part of the 2015 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Rupi Kaur

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“I needed to pull readers in and every element mattered.” Poet Rupi Kaur speaks about her first book, Milk and Honey (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015), and why she turned to Instagram to share her work with readers. Her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers, also published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, was released in 2017. Kaur is featured in “Instapoets Prove Powerful in Print” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Lauren Groff

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“A thick drizzle from the sky, like a curtain’s sudden sweeping,” begins Lauren Groff’s third novel, Fates and Furies (Riverhead Books, 2015), which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. In this video, Groff talks about the making of her novel at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.

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Dorthe Nors

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“It's a fun process—I really enjoy it, because it’s nerdy but it’s also very creative.” In this interview, Dorthe Nors talks to Ali Millar about the experience of working in collaboration with translators for her short story collection, Karate Chop, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, and her novella Minna Needs Rehearsal Space, translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra, which were released together in an edition by Pushkin Press in 2015.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

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“Sometimes wars start because you forget why you fight.” Marlon James speaks with David Eades from BBC News about his latest novel, based on the 1976 assassination attempt on singer Bob Marley. A Brief History of Seven Killings is featured in Page One in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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June 2nd, 1989

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“I didn’t have a chance / to say a word before you became / a character in the news...” Khaled Hosseini, Rita Dove, Philip Gourevitch, and Siri Hustvedt read Liu Xia’s poem “June 2nd, 1989” from Empty Chairs (Graywolf Press, 2015), translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern. PEN America and Amnesty International collaborated on the video series as a call to free Liu Xia from house arrest in Beijing, where she has been held since her late husband, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, was imprisoned in 2009.

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Prescribed Fire

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“My family is a group of redwoods / that sought god instead of ground...” Samoan American poet William Nu’utupu Giles reads his poem “Prescribed Fire” at the 2015 National Poetry Slam. Giles won the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition in 2015, the first Pacific Islander to win the award.

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