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Colombian Poet Has The Perfect Clapback For People Who Say He Doesn't Look Latino

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 05.20.2016 | Latino Voices

Carlos Andrés Gómez has light-skin and green eyes. And yes, he is Latino. "After the show she asked me: 'Carlos Andrés Gómez is your stage name, r...

Michael Madsen and His Filmmaker Mother, Elaine Madsen, on Quentin Tarantino, Her Newest Movie and Parenting

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.09.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

In this touching episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, Michael and his Emmy-Award winning filmmaker mother, Elaine Madsen, join me at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

Spoken Word Poets Recite Unlikely Tribute To Badass Abuelitas

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 04.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Rick Grimes has nothing on Latina grandmothers. Take it from from spoken word poets Jonathan Mendoza and Melissa Lozada-Oliva, whose piece "Zombie-Des...

Beyond The Water Crisis: The Flint That Accepted Me as a Nigerian Immigrant Outsider

Ayodele Alli | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Ayodele Alli

The Flint that raised me is a city of legacy, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers and the first headquarters of General Motors (GM). The Flint that raised me was/is a dichotomy, like so many of us, going through life with a mesh of our best and worst qualities.

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.

Images: How They Help and Hinder

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Success often depends on our ability to present a socially acceptable image. Ideally, our social image aligns with our authentic self or essence.

Why Our Society Is So Terrified of Desire: Garth Greenwall in His Own Words

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Stefan Simanowitz

In cruising you carve out these intimacies from public spaces. All of Whitman's poems are about cruising. All of Whitman's poems are about walking through the crowded streets of Manhattan and finding that one person with whom he can have an intimate encounter which, even though it is fleeting, has an infinite significance.

Poet Shares The Struggles She Faced As A Latina On A College Campus

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 03.18.2016 | Latino Voices

"For the people on this campus who dismiss Latino narratives." This is how Janel Pineda began her powerful spoken word poem, "To Be a Latina Woman on ...

Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith Discusses the Seven Deadly Sins

Stuart Gunter | Posted 03.10.2016 | Arts
Stuart Gunter

Ron Smith is the Poet Laureate of Virginia. Through his teaching and writing, he carries the mantle of poet with pride and humility: proud in the crea...

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...

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day one....

Young Palestinian Poet Brings To Life The Troubles Of Jerusalem

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.29.2016 | World

Mohammed el-Kurd was something of a child star. When he was 11 years old, Israeli settlers took over part of his family’s home in the East Jerusalem...

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

Astoria Characters: The Creativity Coach

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

If you don't know that Susan Weiman is creative, all you have to do is look at her living room.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

Black Poet Explains Painful Reality Of Police Violence To His 4-Year-Old Nephew

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"I'm not happy with the way we raise our black boys. Don't like the fact that he learned to hide from the cops before he knew how to read. Angrier tha...

9 Fantastic Poets Who Really Love The Internet

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts

A recent article in The New York Times, cleverly titled “Web Poets’ Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral,” highlights a bevy of you...

QUIZ: Drake Lyric Or 18th Century Poem?

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices

Drake is well-known for his soft, sensitive lyrics and R&B vocals from hits like "Take Care" and "Hold On, We're Going Home." In honor of his 28th bir...

Letters, To The Men I Have Loved With Author Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol

Eva Augustina Sinotte | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
Eva Augustina Sinotte

Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol, actress, artist, good friend and author of the poetry book "Letters, To The Men I Have Loved", sat down with me in 2014, one sunny Summer afternoon in L.A., for a glass of rosé at Jones on Third.

Review: A History Of The Unmarried By Stephen S. Mills

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image Courtesy of Sibling Rivalry Press Given that gay marriage has dominated the American political landscape for far too long, it should come as no...

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us becom...

The Story of Jonas Mekas

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

We had the unique pleasure of meeting the great avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who never goes anywhere without his camera. Mekas here shares his f...