Ursula K. Le Guin

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“We will need writers who can remember freedom.” In this video, Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Le Guin’s essay collection, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Ana Blandiana

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Ana Blandiana reads the poems “Prayer,” “Above the River,” “A Transparent Being,” and “Country of Unease” from her collection My Native Land A4 (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) in Romanian with Viorica Patea, who translated the collection with Paul Scott Derrick, reading the English translation. Blandiana is the recipient of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s twelfth Lifetime Recognition Award.

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Toni Morrison

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In this video, MacDowell Colony chairman Michael Chabon presents Toni Morrison with the Edward MacDowell Medal for outstanding contribution to the arts and American culture. Morrison, who received a lifetime achievement award from the PEN American Center, tells a packed audience about how she became a writer and the inspiration for her first novel, The Bluest Eye.

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