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Franny Choi in Conversation With Danez Smith

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“The reason I’m so terrified of what’s happening around me is because I’m so in love with the world.” In this 2023 Lost City Books virtual event, Franny Choi reads from their latest poetry collection, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (Ecco, 2023), and discusses the futurist politics of poetry, the present need for Black and Asian solidarity, and the battle between hope and despair in a conversation with Danez Smith.

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Anthony Veasna So Reads From Straight Thru Cambotown

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In this 2019 Lambda Literary Retreat video, the late Anthony Veasna So reads from his novel-in-progress, Straight Thru Cambotown. This excerpt appears in his posthumously published book, Songs on Endless Repeat: Essays and Outtakes (Ecco, 2023), which is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Alexandra Chang in Conversation With Shruti Swamy

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In this Green Apple Books event, Alexandra Chang reads from her short story collection, Tomb Sweeping (Ecco, 2023), and discusses the various Asian and Asian American women voices in her work, experiments in form, and the feeling of writing a short story with promise in a conversation with author Shruti Swamy.

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Evette Dionne on Weightless

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In this virtual conversation for the Brown Girl Collective Book Club, Evette Dionne, author of Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul (Ecco, 2022), speaks with Marcie L. Thomas about writing her book and researching the biases placed against Black women in healthcare. Dionne’s essay collection is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Imani Perry’s National Book Award Speech

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“I write for my people. I write because we children of the lash-scarred, rope-choked, bullet-ridden, desecrated are still here standing. I write for the field holler, the shout, the growl, the singer, the signer, and the signified. I write for the sinned-against and the sanctifying.” In this video, Imani Perry accepts the 2022 National Book Award in nonfiction for her book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Ecco, 2022) with a powerful and moving speech.

Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey at Scripps College

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“Scientists say the average human/ life gets three months longer every year. / By this math, death will be optional,” reads Nicole Sealey from her poem “The First Person Who Will Live to Be One Hundred and Fifty Years Old Has Already Been Born,” which appears in her collection Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017), in this reading with Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro (Tin House, 2019), at Scripps College.

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Jorie Graham

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“What persuades in poetry, what moves, what transforms—and what is memorable—starts with music.” Jorie Graham talks about the importance of musicality and the influences of American modernist and English romantic poetry on her writing in this Big Think video. Graham’s collection Fast (Ecco, 2017) is featured in Page One in the May/June 2017 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Jami Attenberg With Kristen Arnett

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“For a long time, I worked day jobs that were different from the one I have now.” In this Books Are Magic recorded event, Jami Attenberg reads from her memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home (Ecco, 2022), and speaks about her writing process with author Kristen Arnett. For more Attenberg, read “1000 Words of Summer: How an Accountability Project Opened Up My Writing Life” in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Richard Ford on Memoir Writing

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“Here is another reason to write a memoir: to utter what must not be erased.” In this 2017 PBS NewsHour video, Richard Ford speaks about his reasons for writing, Between Them: Remembering My Parents (Ecco, 2017), a memoir about his parents. “I wrote about my parents because, decades after their deaths and when I was no longer young, I realized that I plainly missed them.”

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