Pages Matam on Spoken Word

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“I no longer want to do this thing of speaking for the voiceless, it’s about passing the microphone and allowing those people to finally speak for themselves.” In this video produced by the Guardian Labs, author and spoken word artist Pages Matam talks about the power of poetry and creating spaces where shared experiences can act as both inspiration and a catalyst for change.

Roberto Tejada on His Writing Practice

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“Poetry is the way of experiencing the world outside of the everyday commercial expectations that are made of us.” Poet and professor Roberto Tejada, author most recently of Why the Assembly Disbanded (Fordham University Press, 2022), reads from his work and discusses his teaching and writing practice in this Texas Monthly video directed by Chris Beier.

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Belongings

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“Recalling the terror we experienced long ago, I wonder, is that something they wanted, to be acknowledged?” Belongings is a short film about the loss of a mother and a haunted childhood home directed by Alex Coppola and written by and starring Morgan Talty, author of the debut story collection, Night of the Living Rez (Tin House, 2022). Talty is introduced by Brandon Hobson in “First Fiction 2022” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Big Read: A Conversation With Tobias Wolff

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“A book can change your life, and I know because I had that happen to me.” Award-winning author Tobias Wolff talks about his childhood, education, writing life, and his novel Old School (Vintage, 2003) in this short film directed by Lawrence Bridges for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” initiative. For more from Wolff, read this profile by Joe Woodward published in the March/April 2008 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Martina Evans Reads a Poem by Wisława Szymborska

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Irish poet and novelist Martina Evans reads Wisława Szymborska’s poem “Could Have,” translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, in this short film directed by Matthew Thompson and produced by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation for their Words We Share series.

Roger Robinson: The City Kids See the Sea

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“For many the first time; / these kids of the tower block / and tarred playgrounds / now running towards this scene / of sea,” reads Roger Robinson from his poem “The City Kids See the Sea” in this short film directed by Matthew Thompson and produced by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation for their Read By poetry film series.

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