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Watch videos; listen to audio clips, including readings by authors featured in Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin; and view slideshows related to articles and features published in Poets & Writers Magazine

Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain

Justin St. Germain reads from his debut memoir, Son of a Gun, published in August by Random House.   I was riding my bike home from class when a plane roared overhead, a green A-10 flying so low I could read its markings. I took my eyes off the road...

The Forage House by Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor reads four poems from her debut collection, The Forage House, published in August by Red Hen Press. Big Granny When they found Emeline, a nailheld her sack dress together at the neck. She lived by gathering herbsfor curing leather, lived...

The Color Master by Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender reads two story excerpts from her newest collection, The Color Master, published in August by Doubleday. Appleless I once knew a girl who wouldn’t eat apples. She wove her walking around groves and orchards. She didn’t even like to look...

3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri reads three poems from his latest collection, 3 Sections, published in September by Graywolf Press. Imaginary Number The mountain that remains when the universe is destroyedis not big and is not small.Big and small are comparative...

The Joker by Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins reads two excerpts from his memoir, The Joker, published in June by Simon & Schuster.  Catch It and Paint It Green I was slow to delight in disorder, in which words didn’t mean what I’d understood them to mean and in which phrases...

Thunderbird by Jane Miller

Jane Miller reads four poems from her latest collection, Thunderbird, published in July by Copper Canyon Press.EcstasyAs the ancients detail it ecstasy passes over usin a mist of particlesit lives baredies unburiedI finally understand it is...

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee reads an excerpt from her story collection, Bobcat and Other Stories, published in June by Algonquin Books.    Bobcat It was the terrine that got to me. I felt queasy enough that I had to sit in the living room and narrate to my husband...

The Third Son by Julie Wu

Julie Wu reads from her debut novel, The Third Son, published in April by Algonquin Books. 1. My journey began when the Americans bombed us, in 1943, because it was during the bombings that I met the girl. I was eight years old. In the weeks before...

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling reads from his debut novel, Snapper, published in April by Pantheon.Some Old Horses I got my job by accident. A sycamore tree landed on the roof of my predecessor’s 4 x 4 during a thunderstorm. He spent six months in a neck brace. “...

The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black

Sophie Cabot Black reads three poems from her third poetry collection, The Exchange, published in May by Graywolf Press.       Afterlife     I could only close my eyes on the blueShirtsleeve of leaving and understandI was to make my own sentence. No...

Wreck Me by Sally Ball

Sally Ball reads from her second poetry collection, Wreck Me, published in April by Barrow Street Press.   No Threat, Nuthatch   Tiny presence in the pines,hold still. Upside down—right side up—flock of nervesand fretful hunger. Hold still. Your...

Smile at Strangers by Susan Schorn

Susan Schorn reads from her debut memoir, Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.    Fall down seven times, get up eight. I'm pondering this phrase, a traditional Japanese...

This Close by Jessica Francis Kane

Jessica Francis Kane reads from her short story collection, This Close, published in March by Graywolf Press.Lucky BoySomething about New York City makes a lot of people understand you should try to look your best. Tourists, for example, often wear...

Superstar by Susan Steinberg

Fiction writer Susan Steinberg reads from "Superstar," the opening story from her collection Spectacle, published in January 2013 by Graywolf Press. SuperstarI once hung out with this shit group of kids and they were just such shit.This to say I...

Ben Arthur's "Bone and Heart"

Singer-songwriter and novelist Ben Arthur, who recently finished the European leg of his tour for If You Look for My Heart, an interrelated concept album and novel, wrote and recorded a song inspired by Frank Bures's article "The Secret Lives of...

St. Protagonist by Lisa Russ Spaar

Poet Lisa Russ Spaar reads "St. Protagonist," the opening poem from her collection Vanitas, Rough, published in December by Persea Books.  St. Protagonist  It's bedtime. Tell me a storyas the leaves fly again, even as we love them& cannot see...

Odessa by Patricia Kirkpatrick

Poet Patricia Kirkpatrick reads three poems from her collection, Odessa, published in December 2012 by Milkweed Editions. Near Odessa Near the end of summer. Wheatfield with lark. With swift, longspur, and sparrow. I see the birds opening tails and...

The Foundling Wheel by Blas Falconer

Poet Blas Falconer reads the title poem from his second collection, The Foundling Wheel, released in October by Four Way Books. To hear more, check out Falconer reading "The Annunciation" and "To press the air, to bless the silhouette." The...

The Annunciation by Blas Falconer

Poet Blas Falconer reads "The Annunciation" from his second collection, The Foundling Wheel, released in October by Four Way Books. To hear more, check out Falconer reading "To press the air, to bless the silhouette" and the title poem, "The...

Bridge by Matthew Dickman

Poet Matthew Dickman reads "Bridge" from his latest collection, Mayakovsky's Revolver, published in October by Norton.  Bridge Before ever getting to the bridge, at the cornernear the park, two young girlswalk by eating burgers, a mouthfulfalls from...

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