Natasha Trethewey recently won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her work about black Civil War soldiers on the Mississippi coast. She discusses the collection, as well as her personal ties to the Gulf Coast with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown.
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Despite being home to somewhere between 250 and 400 ethnic groups, Nigeria is primarily made up of four main ethnic groups -- Hausa, Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba -- that comprise about 60 percent of the population.
Ghassan Zaqtan was born in 1954 near Bethlehem and lives in Ramallah. He has worked with the Palestinian resistance movement and was editor of "Bayader" literary magazine of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is editor-in-chief of the quarterly poetry journal…
Poet Ghassan Zaqtan reads some of his poems.
Samih al-Qasim was born in 1939 in Zarqa, Jordan. He grew up in the village of Rama in northern Palestine and was a leading figure of the "resistance poets" of the 1950s. He has written more than thirty books of…
Poet Samih al-Qasim reads some of his poems.
Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriya. After fleeing to Lebanon during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, Muhammad Ali and his family settled in Nazareth where they have lived since. He has published several…
Poet Taha Muhammad Ali reads some of his poems.
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…
Aharon Shabtai was born in 1939 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Kibbutz Merhavia. Shabtai has published 20 books of poetry and has become one of the most acclaimed Israeli poets. He was awarded the 1999 Tchernikhovsky Prize. English…
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