Mary Jo Brooks

  • August 5, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Musician Chris Thile performed for the PBS NewsHour at the Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. Here he plays the final movement of Bach Sonata #1 in G-minor. Chris Thile is a musician consumed with restless passion and energy. At age … Continue reading

  • July 10, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. A new memoir about his time in prison called “For a Song and A Hundred Songs” has just been published.
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  • July 10, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    By Liao Yiwu, Translated by Wenguang Huang (Composed on the morning of June 4, 1989) Dedicated to those who were killed on June 4, 1989 Dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution Leap! Howl! Fly! Run! Freedom feels … Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold set out to document Afghan life through the prism of oral folk poems shared mostly among Pashtun women. Seamus Murphy, the London-based photographer and filmmaker who worked with Griswold on the landay project, narrates a slideshow of some of his favorite images.
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  • May 22, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    An epic journey told in song. Laments about lost loves. A protracted death scene. Just another production at the Houston Grand Opera. But there’s nothing typical about “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” or “To Cross the Face of the Moon.”
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  • May 13, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    For nearly four decades, Charles Henry Rowell has been a talent scout of sorts, looking for young and often ignored African-American artists. His mission is to identify, nurture, promote and publish new black writers.
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  • March 4, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    David Ferry is the author of several books of poetry and translations. His collection “Bewilderment” won last year’s National Book Award for poetry. A profile of Ferry will air soon on the NewsHour.
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  • February 28, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Poet David Ferry reads from his collection “Bewilderment.”
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  • February 18, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Titos Patrikios is one of the leading poets of Greece. Born in 1928 to parents who were actors, he spent his first years in the United States as they toured with a Greek theater company. He returned to Greece, where he eventually studied law at the University of Athens and then philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris.
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  • February 11, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    A.E. Stallings is a poet and translator who has lived in Athens, Greece, for the last 13 years. Trained as a classicist, studying ancient Greek and Latin, she garnered much acclaim for her translation of the Roman philosopher Lecretius’ “The Nature of Things.”
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