• October 1, 2012   BY Mike Melia  

    Sharon Olds is the author of several books of poetry, including “The Dead and the Living,” winner of the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award; “The Unswept Room,” a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “Stag’s Leap,” which was published this year. She teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University.
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  • September 24, 2012   BY Beth Garbitelli  

    Hugh Martin recently won the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review for his poetry. His upcoming book, “The Stick Soldiers,” received the A. Poulin Jr. First Book Prize from BOA Editions. Hugh served in Iraq for 11 months. After returning, he obtained an MFA from Arizona State and he is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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  • September 21, 2012   BY Margaret Myers 

    Natasha Trethewey is a familiar face to NewsHour viewers and Art Beat visitors. She first talked to us in 2006 as she returned to her hometown in Mississippi to witness the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Recently, Trethewey took on the job of poet laureate of the United States, appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and published her fourth book, “Thrall.”
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  • September 21, 2012   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    The new official face of American poetry is one familiar to NewsHour viewers. Natasha Trethewey has just taken on the job of poet laureate of the United States, appointed by the Librarian of Congress. She’s the author of four books of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Native Guard” and her latest, “Thrall.”
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  • September 17, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reads Elegy,” a poem from her new book “Thrall.”
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  • September 11, 2012  

    Billy Collins was the U.S. poet laureate at the time of the 9/11 attacks. A year later, he wrote "The Names" in honor of the victims. He read the poem before a special joint session of Congress held in New York City in 2002, and reads it again now. Continue reading

  • September 11, 2012   BY Beth Garbitelli  

    Iraq War veteran Hugh Martin has won the first-ever Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review, the literary journal announced Tuesday. Martin, a poet and author who served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2001 to 2007 and spent 11 months in Iraq, submitted a collection of poems about his war experience and his return to civilian life.
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  • September 10, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    Michael Robbins is the author of the collection of poems “Alien vs. Predator” (Penguin, 2012). His poems have appeared in several publications, including the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper’s and Boston Review. He reviews books for the London Review of Books and other publications, and music for The Daily and the Village Voice. He lives in Chicago.
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  • August 20, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    Joseph Campana a poet, critic and scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of two collections of poetry, “The Book of Faces” (Graywolf, 2005) and “Natural Selections,” which won the 2011 Iowa Poetry Prize. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Rice University.
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  • August 8, 2012   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Poet Priscila Uppal of Canadian Athletes Now reads “Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder.”
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