American Poetry Since 1950

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Last week the National Book Foundation presented the panel discussion "Lineage: American Poetry Since 1950," moderated by Katie Peterson and featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Burt, Tony Hoagland, James Longenbach, Maureen McLane, and Susan Stewart. The aim of the discussion was "to use the National Book Awards as a point of departure to assess post-War poetry trends and achievements."

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Welcome to Braggsville

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"What [the students] find ultimately is that the idealism that they’ve developed at the university doesn’t necessarily apply in the real world." T. Geronimo Johnson, who is featured in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, discusses his new novel published earlier this week by William Morrow.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

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"I strongly believe that writing is an act of courage—it's almost an act of physical courage." Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the personal strength necessary for writing, and reflects on his experience with breakthroughs. Coates's memoir Between the World and Me, published by Spiegel & Grau this week, is an exploration of racial history in the United States.

Ada Limón

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"What puts the mean in some of us?" Ada Limón reads her elegy, "Marketing Life for Those of Us Left," in this video for the Academy of American Poets. Limón's fourth poetry collection, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015), is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

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Colum McCann

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The National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin recently spoke with the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about his latest novel, TransAtlantic, which features a fictional braiding of the narratives of Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845, the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1919, and Senator George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. (Check out Brown's retake at the beginning of the clip.)

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