Paul Frommer hadn’t ever aspired to invent a language, but when James Cameron — director of the highly-anticipated “Avatar” — e-mailed the USC Linguistics department looking for someone to create a speech system for the movie, the professor was eager to accept the challenge.
Known for compact writing and for leading a quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a very public role as the nation’s poet laureate. For more than 30 years, she has taught remedial English in Marin County, Calif. Her poems are often praised for their wit and wisdom. Continue reading
Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation’s highest office, and on Jan. 20, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she will recite an original poem at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. Continue reading
“Time and Materials” by Robert Hass won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, becoming the first book of poetry since 1983 to win both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. Hass talks about the collection. Continue reading
Poet Gregory Djanikian, director of the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, reads a poem about how immigrants "might contribute to the great melting pot of the English language." Continue reading
Poets in the Arab world have historically been important cultural figures, and this tradition continues among Palestinians. In the second of his reports on Middle East poetry, Jeffrey Brown discusses poetry’s role in Arab society with three leading Palestinian poets. Continue reading