Jess Rizkallah

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Jess Rizkallah reads her poem “tbh i’ve got more things to say about hair than i have hair” at an event for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City. Rizkallah’s debut collection, the magic my body becomes (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), is the inaugural winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

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Jesmyn Ward

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“When you see yourself reflected in literature, it enlarges your ideas of what is possible for you.” MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Jesmyn Ward takes PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown on a tour of her hometown in Mississippi and shares the parts of her life and community that inspire her writing. Ward is the winner of the 2017 National Book Award in fiction for Sing, Unbured, Sing (Scribner, 2017).

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The Restaurant Business

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In this video, Halle Butler reads her short story “The Restaurant Business” alongside her illustrations at the Brain Frame performative comics and zine series in Chicago. Butler is the author of the debut novel, Jillian (Curbside Splendor, 2015), and a 2017 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.

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From the Stacks With Khadijah Queen

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Khadijah Queen reads “Monologue for an Onion” by Suji Kwock Kim for the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s From the Stacks series, which invites poets to share favorites from their renowned poetry library. Queen’s fifth book, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017), is a collection of narrative writing and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

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Nnedi Okorafor

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“I see the world as a magical place.” Nnedi Okorafor talks about magical realism, fantasy, and her writing process at the 2015 Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Okorafor is the author most recently of Akata Warrior (Viking, 2017), the second novel in the Akata young adult fantasy series centered around Sunny Nwazue, a Nigerian American girl.

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Peg Alford Pursell

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In this video, Peg Alford Pursell introduces the stories from her debut collection, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow (ELJ Editions, 2017), for the Stories on Stage Davis series, which combines literature and theater. Pursell is featured in “5 Over 50” in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

An Interview With Paul Auster

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“I work on the paragraph as if it’s a little poem, as if it’s a musical composition...” In this interview with Louisiana Channel, Paul Auster talks about his writing habits, aging, creative obsession, his recent and upcoming projects, and the one-on-one intimacy that makes books different from other art forms.

Wolfvision

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“I sit down beside it and smell its imagination with Wolfvision clarity, then back to the document I go, wiser, I think, for the digression.” In his haunting, experimental short film “Wolfvision,” poet and filmmaker Nick Twemlow meditates on technology, loss, and unexplained phenomena. Twemlow’s second book of poetry, Attributed to the Harrow Painter (University of Iowa Press, 2017), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

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