The Conversation

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“You can be honest. This / is Godspeed-less, workaday chatter.” Sandra Beasley reads her poem, “The Conversation,” at the National Archives, which has partnered with the Academy of American Poets to present original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. Read “Mermaids and Matryoshkas: The Secret Life of a Poetic Sequence” by Beasley in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Camille Rankine

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“I find that I’m looking for violence in the poems that I read.” Camille Rankine reads her poem “Little Children, My Apologies” and speaks about the types of poems she admires as part of the P.O.P. video series, which was shot and edited by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Rankine’s debut poetry collection, Incorrect Merciful Impulses (Copper Canyon Press, 2015), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Liu Xia

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Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, reads from her first poetry collection, Empty Chairs (Graywolf Press, 2015), while under house arrest in her home in Beijing. Empty Chairs, translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern, is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Matthea Harvey

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"The shared memories sprang to both their faces." Matthea Harvey, author of If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? (Graywolf Press, 2014), reads "The Homemade Mermaid," from her collection of mermaid poems. Harvey is featured in "Mermaids and Matryoshkas" by Sandra Beasley in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Fragile

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"At the ocean's edge, which feels like a kind of conclusion to the clumsy whisper of names we read onto the land—we are left with no words for the choppy shove of the waves..." Jeffrey Thomson's debut memoir, Fragile (Red Mountain Press, 2015), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Deep Vellum

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"The mission of Deep Vellum is... to promote and foster the art and craft of translation." Will Evans, founding publisher and executive director of Deep Vellum Publishing, speaks about the need for translation in contemporary literature and his hopes for a more vibrant literary culture. The Dallas-based press is featured in Small Press Points in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Sid Miller

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"In some respects, that's always my objective in every poem—to kind of break the heart." Sid Miller, founder and editor of Burnside Review, which is featured in Literary MagNet in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, speaks with Dave Jarecki about what moves him in poetry at the 2009 Wordstock Festival.

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Dark Horse

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Gerry Cambridge, founder of Dark Horse, and contributors Claire Askew, Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver, Alasdair Gray talk about the importance of the journal at its twentieth anniversary issue launch in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dark Horse is featured in Literary MagNet in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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