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.

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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Marilynne Robinson on Faith and Democracy

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"If you think the human mind is a wonderful thing, there is an infinite interest in cultivating it." Marilynne Robinson speaks with Bill Moyers about her novel Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), and her thoughts on faith, democracy, and creativity. Robinson discusses her new book of essays, The Givenness of Things (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Marilynne Robinson

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"The mind is a much more generous resource than we're in the habit of considering it to be." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist speaks about accessing imagination through writing and her teaching experiences at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Robinson discusses her new book of essays, The Givenness of Things (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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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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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Tarfia Faizullah

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"I knew then how war was possible." Tarfia Faizullah reads from her award-winning debut poetry collection, Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014). Faizullah is featured in "Mermaids and Matryoshkas" by Sandra Beasley in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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