• Photo by Beth Weber
    August 4, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    W.S. Di Piero is a poet, essayist, art critic and translator. He is the author of 10 books of poetry including “The First Hour,” “Skirts and Slacks,” and “Nitro Nights.” “Tombo” is his most recent collection of poems. The winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Di Piero has published poems in “Poetry” and “Threepenny Review.” He writes a monthly column on visual arts for the San Diego Reader, an independent newsweekly and has published five collections of his essays, including “When Can I See you Again?” Di Piero is the winner of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund fellowship. Continue reading

  • Marianne Boruch
    July 28, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    When poet Marianne Boruch took a gross anatomy class at Purdue University, she was most interested in a woman who had been nearly 100 years old when she died. “For some reason, this figure, my favorite cadaver, just pushed me aside and wanted to be the speaker,” Boruch said. Continue reading

  • Garrison Keillor reading
    July 25, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    In college, Garrison Keillor, the host of American Public media’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac,” majored in poetry. After he wrote his papers and received his degree, he didn’t look at it again until decades later, when was he finally re-acquainted with verse and realized that his relationship to it had changed. Continue reading

  • The craft of fine printed books is alive and well at Arion Press. Here, the binding of "Leaves of Grass," the 100th book, is being hand-sewn. Photo by Jeremy Raff
    July 25, 2014   BY Cat Wise 

    The Arion Press in San Francisco is one of the country’s last fine book printers creating limited edition, handmade books using centuries-old letterpress printing equipment. Continue reading

  • Jennifer Michael Hecht. Photo by Maxwell Hecht-Chaneski
    July 21, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    In her book “Who Said,” Jennifer Michael Hecht is in conversation with a wide variety of poems, from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” to the beginning of Dante’s “Inferno” and John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn.” Continue reading

  • charleswright
    July 15, 2014  

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright was recently named the U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. In this NewsHour encore piece, we traveled to the author’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2011 to listen to Wright read his work and share some of his sources of inspiration. Continue reading

  • Mark Bibbins
    July 14, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    “They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full” was published in March 2014. Mark Bibbons’ other collections include “The Dance of No Hard Feelings” and “Sky Lounge,” for which he received a Lamba Literary Award. His poems have also appeared in in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, and The Best America Poetry. In 2005, he was awarded a Poetry Fellowship from from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Bibbons currently reaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University and at The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine. Continue reading

  • Rachel Zucker
    July 7, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    “The Pedestrians,” a collection of prose and poetry, is Rachel Zucker’s ninth book. She has published several books of poetry, including “Museum of Accidents,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She also recently authored a memoir, “MOTHERs.” She is a 2013 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Zucker currently teaches poetry at New York University. Continue reading

  • Photo by Eigenes Werk/Flickr
    July 7, 2014   BY Joshua Barajas 

    Andrew Lloyd Webber said Monday that the musical will undergo a few changes before its 12-week run at London’s Palladium beginning Dec. 6, including the character of Rum Tum Tugger revamped as a “contemporary street cat.” Continue reading

  • koranSupreme
    July 2, 2014   BY Saskia de Melker 

    A man shoots his foe in the head over and over again, leaving him to bleed out on the street. The man has no remorse. He even brags about it. Only this man isn’t real. He’s a character in a … Continue reading