The independent book business has been battered in recent decades, as locally owned sellers strained to compete with the online-giant Amazon. But the COVID-19 crisis has forced many to close their doors, depriving both readers and writers the spaces they…
By Tom Casciato
Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin was born and raised in San Francisco, a city whose rapid gentrification he critiques in his work. Through his writing, Eisen-Martin seeks to “facilitate resistance” to a culture that he believes perpetuates domination of those who are…
To better understand veterans' sacrifice, read their poems.
By James Dubinsky, The Conversation
Joy Harjo, the new poet laureate of the United States, is the first Native American to achieve that honor. Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with Harjo, a member of Oklahoma's Muscogee Creek Nation, in Tulsa to discuss how arts shaped…
By Jeffrey Brown, Kira Wakeam
By Jeffrey Brown, Rachel Wellford
Reading and writing can provide a profession, a passion or an escape from reality. In Washington, D.C., the Free Minds Book Club positions the activities as mechanisms through which incarcerated people can express themselves in healthy and constructive ways. As…
By Hillel Italie, Associated Press
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement that Harjo helped tell an "American story" of traditions both lost and maintained, of "reckoning and myth-making.
By Hillel Italie, Jennifer Kelleher, Associated Press
A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books.
For poet Hala Alyan, year 29 was an "emotional border" comprised of necessary endings and new beginnings.
2019 marks the first mass copyright expiration in more than two decades, freeing up works like Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" for academic, creative and commercial use.
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