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Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia Talk About Their New Opera, Opening This Week at Virginia Tech

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 12.14.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

The premiere of a new American opera is always a cause for celebration, and a work for children is especially heartening since today's youth should be tomorrow's audience.

Errant Messages

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If a poem is how thoughts feel, Lynn Whitford gives those feelings physical form. In a sense, she illustrates the way a certain poem can find us and take possession of us.

First Kisses of Rock + Lit

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.

5 Tips for Your Commencement 2.0

Mark Chimsky | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Mark Chimsky

We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?

Obama + Shelley Get it Right: Poets ARE the Unacknowledged Legislators of the World! (An OMNIBUS Book Review)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 08.23.2012 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Poetry (when it works) miraculously reveals to us how knowledge transforms into insight. We glimpse the imagination at work and we marvel. Few grasp the extent of Poetry's relevance to everything in our lives -- including politics.

Hot Ice And Wondrous Strange Snow

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.22.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

As in life, some packages disappoint. But the ones that deliver on deep delight do so hugely. They are worth waiting for. They are worth savoring. They breathe. They stir. They sing. They linger. Pity the Beautiful is a shining example.

The Arts, Our Government's Respect, and the Aspen Institute

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

In the Depression years, the WPA provided, encouraged and sponsored great art initiatives employing thousands of artists. The question was asked, "What has happened to us since then?"

Last Night at Nikos

Norman MacAfee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norman MacAfee

"I Am Astro Place" I wrote in the 1980s as a screenplay, "Astro Place," about some cultural and political people living near Astor Place in the East Village in the fraught years 1984 to 2001.

The Poetry of Insomnia

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Medical experts say that 30% to 50% of us occasionally suffer from insomnia, your intrepid poetry columnist included. Your anxiety kicks up, your hea...