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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview with Emily Skillings

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press).

From NPR's Latino USA: Mightier Than The Sword

Latino USA | Posted 04.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Latino USA

We dive deep into the creative minds of a few writers and artists who will be part of this year's PEN World Voices Festival with a series of conversations. Hear the glitch poetry of Guillermo Gómez Peña, listen as Carmen Tafolla acts out a story, and experience the wisdom from a philosopher.

10 Literary Quotes That Perfectly Capture Parenthood

Reem Kassis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Once upon a time, in a far away land I used to read...books...novels...classics. Flap to flap, I could finish a good one in a single sitting. Nowad...

"Sun & Moon" Poetry

Meg DeBussey | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Meg DeBussey

The sun shine singes my skin In prickly patches of abrasive tinges. Corrosive edges of Burnt starburst--bursting forth, Heavily heaved And collaps...

Happy 200th Birthday, Charlotte Brontë: 14 Books That Celebrate the Literary Icon

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.21.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf Charlotte Brontë and her autobiographical character Jane Eyre are nothing short of cultural icons. Generations...

Happy 200th Birthday, Charlotte Bronte!

S. F. Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2016 | Books
S. F. Siddiqui

I didn't know I loved Jane Eyre until I began teaching it. You would think that after hours of research and hundreds of student papers, there would be nothing new to say about a novel nearly two centuries old.

Colm Tóibín on Writing

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Books
Louisiana Channel

The award-winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín here shares his meticulous approach to writing, and how a novel can begin with - and build on - just one ...

Helen Vendler and the Science of Poetry

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

Helen Vendler is a national treasure, and at least as deserving of a Kennedy Center Honor from the President as some of the actors and pop singers who...

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Nicolas Hundley

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.18.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Nicolas Hundley's first book, The Revolver in the Hive, won the 2012 Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize and was published by Fordham University Press in 2013.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Truslow Adams and The American Dream

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.18.2016 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

"The American dream," that protean and paradoxical phrase, is held to first have been used as a definite concept by James Truslow Adams in The Epic of America (1931).

Transhumanism is Being Guided by Reason and the Word "Why"

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Image of the future -- By Smart Gadget Technology The human race is on the threshold of so much revolutionary change. It's mostly due to the emerg...

Richard Ford: Politicians Are Liars

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Louisiana Channel

"You get the politics that you deserve." Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford here speaks bluntly of the interplay between politicians and the public in America, arguing that people can only blame themselves for being lied to by politicians.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Flatiron Partnership Honors Pen and Brush to Close Out Women's History Month

Janice Sands | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Janice Sands

Pen and Brush In celebration of Women's History Month, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership takes a look at Pen and Brush, the only global non-profit...

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Thylias Moss

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.07.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Harold Bloom has called you profoundly original and a "hallucinatory force" as a poet. How did you feel when you first found out that he singled you out as one of his favorite contemporary poets?

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With James Richardson

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.01.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

James Richardson is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America's Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.

8 Glorious and Triumphant Novels of Scientific Discovery

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf Your dusty old high school biology textbook might have been dull beyond redemption, but a glorious novel of scient...

One-On-One With Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Screenwriter Kara Holden

ScreenCraft | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment

"I believe my experience in acting is invaluable to my writing -- it has given me a true ear for dialogue and a feel for pace as well as a deeper understanding of character."

The Stripped Word and Naked Girls

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Leslie Zemeckis

Naked Girls Reading sounded like a fabulous evening; naked beauties sitting around reading literature to a paid audience. What a novel idea for a literary salon. But which came first, the nudity or the literature?

The Business of Creativity

Heather Martin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
Heather Martin

"We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause." ― Steven Pressfield in The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks &...

11 Women Throughout History Who Wrote About Sex

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we've decided to honor women writers of the past and present who have written fearlessly about sex. Today, ...

9 of the Best Travel Books

Jacada Travel | Posted 03.03.2016 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Travel has inspired some of the greatest novels of all time. Here are just some of our favourites.

Poet, activist, icon Sonia Sanchez: still "BaddDDD" As Ever

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

"Someone asked me, "'Why do you write?' And I said, 'Because I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.'"

Jonathan Franzen: Books Made Me Survive

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.26.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

We visited Jonathan Franzen at his California home, where he shared his approach to writing character-driven novels and his thoughts on being a writer in America: "I play for 'Team Literature' and so I'm on the lookout for things that threaten the team."

The Tragedy of Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird in Middle School

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 02.26.2016 | Education
Kelly Suellentrop

As if on cue, eighteen or so sets of preteen eyes would turn and stare at me, sitting behind them at a desk with a small ballpoint tattoo on the bottom left corner. They were looking for the tears I had promised them.

Thoreau's Nephew: Romania's Literary Slaughterhouse

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poets be warned. Only in Romania is there a poetry reading series known as the slaughterhouse. It's called Thoreau's Nephew (Nepotu´ Lui Thoreau) and...