Poet, playwright and editor Nathalie Handal has lived in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Arab world. She talks with Jeffery Brown about how she has ensconced her memory and transient experiences in poetry.
Poet Kay Ryan reads some of her poems.
Kay Ryan was named 16th Poet Laureate in July 2008. She was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. Her work has been selected four times…
Known for compact writing and for leading a quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a very public role as the nation's poet laureate. For more than 30 years, she has taught remedial English in Marin County, Calif. Her poems…
Poet Cynthia Zarin reads some of her poems.
Cynthia Zarin is the author of three books of poetry -- "The Swordfish Tooth" (1989); "Fire Lyric" (1993); and "The Watercourse" (2002, Los Angeles Times Book Prize) -- and five books for children.
By Margaret Myers
Poet and journalist Cynthia Zarin often writes poems inspired by news articles. In 1989, she came across a story about a handwritten transcript found in a shoebox. It recorded a case in which then-lawyer Abraham Lincoln successfully defended a man…
By Tom LeGro
The image of poetry fans gathered in a pub enjoying bagpipes, haggis, drinks and verse is a very Scottish one, but Scotland's national poet Robert Burns has fans worldwide who know there's no better way to honor the man and…
Poet Elizabeth Alexander reads some of her poems.
Only a few poets have participated in the swearing-in ceremony for our nation's highest office, and on Jan. 20, 2008, Elizabeth Alexander will become just the fourth to hold that honor when she recites an original poem at President-elect Barack…
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