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Arts Feb 11Twitter Chat: Will big wins for women, Michelle Obama appearance help Grammys bounce back?
Can more diverse nominees, Michelle Obama, and big wins for women help the Grammys bounce back from last year’s criticism? To answer those questions and more, the PBS NewsHour will host #NewsHourChats on Twitter at 3 p.m. ET Feb. 11.
Poetry Feb 08When you turn 29, ‘metamorphosis is not optional,’ this poet says
For poet Hala Alyan, year 29 was an "emotional border" comprised of necessary endings and new beginnings.
Poetry Jan 21How the public domain offers new life to these poetry classics
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.
Arts Dec 2112 gifts of poetry for everyone on your list
Poets and literary editors share a timeless present -- one that never shrinks, breaks or runs out of battery life.
Nation Nov 22‘They’re my family right now.’ Thanksgiving in a California wildfire shelter
Survivors and rescue workers were committed to creating some semblance of normalcy, which meant a Thanksgiving feast -- turkey, stuffing and potatoes included -- provided entirely by volunteers.
Poetry Nov 22This Thanksgiving, read a Native American poet’s song of healing
When Allison Adelle Hedge Coke wrote her poem “America, I Sing Back,” she considered each word a note in a larger song about the nation. “I thought about America singing. That’s why this poem is a song -- a voice…
Poetry Nov 02These wicked Day of the Dead poems don’t spare anyone
A proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is the product of “the underworld” in one calavera literaria written for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.
Poetry Oct 22A journalist’s death by a repressive government, remembered in verse
Marie Colvin "was killed in an attempt to silence her and others reporting from that place,” poet and friend Alan Jenkins said.
Poetry Oct 17In the wake of Hurricane Michael, this poet recognizes the way disaster can change you
Poet Heather Jacobsen can't forget how a hurricane shattered her neighborhood. Those indelible memories appear in her work "City Turned to Inland Lake."…
Nation Oct 11This volunteer militia is taking jet skis and chainsaws to help Hurricane Michael’s most isolated victims
As Hurricane Michael pummels the Florida Panhandle, the Louisiana Cajun Navy is prioritizing rescue efforts in some of the hardest to reach areas in the Michael's path.