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What We Expect From the People Who Inspire Us

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Harper

This is how we all grow. And, at the end of the day, when we find the grace to understand that the people we admire most are not perfect, that sometimes they make poor decisions, they struggle or suffer, then we have the grace to forgive those things in ourselves as well.

Barry Lopez, Arctic Nature Writer

Peter Neill | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill Barry Lopez is the fourth in our series about Nature writers who have shaped my understanding of the world. His Arctic Dreams - Imagin...

The Iliad is doing hard time and the inmates love it

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Maximum-security inmates at a New Jersey prison have been learning about the literary world with Rutgers University associate professor Emily Allen-Ho...

I Was Called a Poet

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Call me a fool or call me an idealist. All I know is through stillness and meditation at least for one day, I was called a poet.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Opens New Shakespeare's Globe Season

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Shakespeare's lushest, loopiest play, set in an Athenian June at court and in the green wood, is essentially a long poem. In even a poor production, the words can get you through.

Confessions Under the Angel Oak: Trailing John Muir

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 05.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Barbara Mossberg Earth Planet-Universe Journal May 1, 2016 ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN MUIR: CONFESSIONS UNDER THE ANGEL OAK No alligators were harmed in ...

Civil Religion and the False Virtue of Niceness in Crane's "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets"

Eric Simpson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Maggie is not a laugh riot, but funny more in a dark comedy kind of way, not because its filled with overt jokes, but as an early representative of dark humor and satire that reflects civil religion's substitution of false superficial virtues for real moral energies.

The Intricate Significance of 'WomenByNargus'

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Nargus is a fine artist, whose rare compassion for the world around her and her fervor for high education, has brought new meaning to the mixed media work she creates.

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."