Jesse Ball

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"The beekeeper paused by his hives. A cloud of bees is missing, he said, to no one in particular. I hope the little creatures aren't up to any mischief." In this video, Jesse Ball reads the poem "Lester, Burma" from his first collection, March Book (Grove Press, 2004). Ball's latest novel, How to Set a Fire and Why (Pantheon, 2016), is featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Rumaan Alam

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Rumaan Alam reads from his short story "A Certainty" at an event for the Center for Fiction's literary magazine, The Literarian, alongside Terese Svoboda and Sigrid Nunez. Alam is featured in "First Fiction 2016" in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine and reads from his debut novel, Rich and Pretty (Ecco, 2016), on Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.

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Lunch Poems With Will Alexander

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"It is the way I breathe / through chronic terrifying ferns / through a black ungracious stoma..." For the Lunch Poems Noontime Poetry Series, Will Alexander shares from his poetry collection Compression and Purity (City Lights Publishers, 2011). Alexander is the recipient of the tenth annual Jackson Poetry Prize, an annual Poets & Writers award.

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The Neutralized Sore of the Unshackled Bear

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Will Alexander reads the poem "The Neutralized Sore of the Unshackled Bear" from his first book, Vertical Rainbow Climber (Jazz Press, 1987), at a 2012 event at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California. Alexander is the 2016 recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize, an annual Poets & Writers award currently in its tenth year.

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Writing and Resistance

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"In the spleen, an oasis / an oasis as mirage / all my people burned / on either side of me." Listen to poet Charif Shanahan, along with Matt Petronzio, Hafizah Geter, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Danniel Schoonebeek read for a National Poetry Month event called Writing and Resistance, presented by MashReads and the Strand Book Store.

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Wislawa Szymborska

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"Nothing can ever happen twice." Listen to a selection of poems by Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, read by her translator Clare Cavanagh, as well as poets Charles Simic and Krystyna Dabrowska, at a celebration of her life and work hosted by the 92nd Street Y. The event also celebrated the publication of Szymborska's posthumous collection, Map: Collected and Last Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).

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