weekly poem

  • October 7, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting stopped coming, and I was just writing all the time,” Goodison said. Like a scorned lover, her talent and passion for painting “went off in a huff because I wasn’t paying any attention to it.”
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  • September 30, 2013   BY News Desk  

    Poet Gregory Orr rhapsodizes on a theme he has explored for nearly a decade: the “beloved,” the things we love. Of course, what we love can change over time, he says. “It can make you crazy by … shifting from … Continue reading

  • September 16, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    Meena Alexander reads a poem, “Experimental Geography,” from her soon to be published collection, “Birthplace with Buried Stones.” Alexander is an English professor at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
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  • July 1, 2013   BY Victoria Fleischer  

    Matthea Harvey is the author of “Modern Life,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB.
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  • June 24, 2013   BY Mike Melia  

    Actor John Lithgow reads the poem “I Go Back to May 1937,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds.
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  • June 17, 2013   BY Mike Melia  

    Hailey Leithauser’s poetry has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Poetry and in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies. Her first book, “Swoop,” won the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award. That collection will be published in October.
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  • June 13, 2011   BY Jeanne Wagner  

    Jeanne Wagner is the author of “In the Body of Our Lives” (2011, Sixteen Rivers Press). She has four previous collections of poetry, including “The Zen Piano-Mover,” winner of the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Award. Continue reading

  • June 6, 2011   BY Tony Barnstone  

    Tony Barnstone is a professor of English at Whittier College. He is the author of several books, including “Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki,” which won the John Ciardi Prize. Continue reading

  • January 17, 2011   BY Tom LeGro  

    Elizabeth Alexander was born in Harlem, raised in Washington, D.C., and attended Yale University, where she now teaches African American Studies. She is the author of six books of poems, including most recently, “Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010.”
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  • January 10, 2011   BY Tom LeGro  

    Jennifer Chang is the author of “The History of Anonymity” (Georgia, 2008). A Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia, she co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of Asian American poetry.
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