Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents who had been exiled from China. After fleeing the regime of Indonesian President Sukarno in 1959 through Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, his family settled in the United States in…
Poet Li-Young Lee reads some of his poems.
In an extended interview, Li-Young Lee reflects on his sense of home, how he finds it in Chicago and in poems, and on his family, who came to the United States as political refugees. He also reads some of his…
Prolific poet and writer John Ashbery has long been honored as one of the country's most important writers. Ashbery shares some of his poetry and talks to the NewsHour about his life and artistic endeavors.
Poet John Ashbery reads some of his poems.
John Ashbery is the author of more than 30 volumes of poetry, criticism and essays, including most recently, "A Worldly Country" and "Selected Later Poems." He has won nearly every major American award for poetry, and his body of work…
Poet Charles Simic reads some of his poems.
In August 2007, Charles Simic was named U.S. Poet Laureate. Simic, whose work is known for its surrealism, dark humor and irony, is the author of 18 books of poetry. His most recent volume, "My Noiseless Entourage," was published in…
Charles Simic was named Poet Laureate last month by the Library of Congress. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he has authored 18 books and won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer. Simic reflects on his craft.
Poet Joy Harjo reads some of her poems.
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