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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Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

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“I thought, okay, a hundred pages, I’ll do the four seasons, twenty-five pages each section, that’s all I have to do.” Poet and novelist Jennifer Tseng, whose novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions, 2015), is longlisted for the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, reads a selection and talks about her writing inspiration and experience.

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Craig Santos Perez

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“Guam is air-conditioned, Guam is updating its Facebook status, Guam is a punch line in Hollywood movie jokes...” Craig Santos Perez, a 2016 Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships honoree and recipient of the 2010 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award for poetry, reads from his award-winning collection, from unincorporated territory [guma'] (Omnidawn, 2014).

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Leonard Cohen on Moonlight

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“It was very, very bright and the moon was being reflected off of the snow, and I wrote that poem by the ice-reflected moonlight...” Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Two Went to Sleep” and talks about the origins of the lyrics for “Sisters of Mercy” in this Blank on Blank animated video of a 1974 interview with Kathleen Kendel.

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I Want a President...

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At the culminating event for Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future, a conference on art and social change, participants convened in front of the White House for a collective reading of artist Zoe Leonard’s 1992 text piece, “I want a president....” Organized by Natalie Campbell and Saisha Grayson, an adaptation of the piece, which focused on current concerns created through community writing workshops and online discussions, was also recited.

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Legs Get Led Astray

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“Never in my mind did I think I was writing about love. Now I look at it and there’s no question, it’s all about the intimacies of love...” Chloe Caldwell reads from and talks about her first collection of essays, Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012). Caldwell’s second essay collection, I’ll Tell You in Person (Emily Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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