Life on Mars

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"My interest in science fiction was really based in what now seems like a very kitschy futuristic aesthetic—an image of the future from about forty years ago." Poet Tracy K. Smith discusses how she conducted research for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011). Smith, whose new book, the memoir Ordinary Light, is forthcoming from Knopf, is featured in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Mai Der Vang

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“It’s important to be proud of who you are, as a Hmong person, to know your history, to know your roots, because that’s what will really empower you to speak up for your people...” Mai Der Vang, recipient of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award and author of the debut poetry collection, Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), speaks about her family’s experience as Hmong refugees in America.

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Jeff Shotts on Rejection

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“The vitality of poetry right now, I think, is at a high pitch.” Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, speaks with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffery Brown about the independent press’s success, poetry submissions and rejections, and why there’s never been a better time than now for poetry publishing. 

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Solmaz Sharif

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“Even your dinner napkins are on fire.” Solmaz Sharif accepts an award from the Women’s Intercultural Network and reads poems from her debut collection, Look (Graywolf Press, 2016). Sharif is featured in “Shadows of Words: Our Twelfth Annual Look at Debut Poets” in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Albert Goldbarth

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Albert Goldbarth is introduced by Amy Stolls, literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts, before reading selections of his poetry at the 2013 National Book Festival. Goldbarth’s new essay collection, The Adventures of Form and Content (Graywolf Press, 2017), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Layli Long Soldier

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“During the spring and summer all the grasses come up, and that’s always the first thing I smell when I go up there [to South Dakota], and the first thing I miss when I come back...” Layli Long Soldier talks about the inspiration for her “Grass Poems” series and reads a selection of poems from her debut collection, WHEREAS, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2017. Long Soldier is a 2016 Whiting Award winner in poetry.

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Fanny Howe

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“The will to keep moving, an instrument’s heat, bald mountains and a spider that was a leaf.” In this video from 2013, Fanny Howe reads for the Reva Logan Poetry Series. Her collection of essays The Needle's Eye (Graywolf Press, 2016) is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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