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Arts Jul 05Watch Taj Mahal and Keb Mo sing the “Diving Duck Blues”
Taj Mahal and Keb Mo are both living legends in the blues music scene. But they haven't released an album together -- until now.
Arts Feb 02From the heart of the Ebola crisis, this educator and poet says ‘never again’
When the Ebola virus devastated Liberia two years ago, this poet and educator became an activist to make sure such an epidemic never happens again. "I don’t want to get over it," she says.
Arts Dec 26‘What this year will be’
Shelley Girdner's recently published debut collection is called “You Were That White Bird” and is filled with poems that capture the details in the natural world around her and the small miracles of her life.
Arts Dec 20Can a poem make the world a better place by documenting the darknesses around us?
Daniel Borzutzky's newest poetry collection, “The Performance of Becoming Human” feature themes of economic and political dysfunction. The collection was recently awarded the National Book Award for poetry.
Dec 13In joy and discrimination, poet explores duality of growing up black
Clinton Smith's debut collection of poetry, "Counting Descent", examines what it means to grow up Black in America. Smith recounts moments from childhood when Black lives were celebrated and juxtaposes them with incidents that have become all too common in…
Arts Dec 06Native poet speaks the language of Standing Rock — and explains how a presidential apology falls short
Poet Layli Long Soldier's forthcoming collection of poetry called "Whereas" is a critique of President Obama's 2010 apology to Native Americans for their mistreatment by the U.S. government.
Nov 28A poet squeezes the presidential election into a clown car
Poet Joseph Hutchison says he wrote “The Greatest Show on Earth” four years ago when he was watching yet another chaotic Presidential election process unfold. “It was a response to the circus that we make of elections and how political…
Arts Nov 21Through writing, a poet returns to the Appalachian home she left
Melissa Range was raised in Appalachian Tennessee, and she says she is constantly exploring through poetry the deep connection she has to that region. “Those mountains have a pull on you. I don’t feel at home there, but I don’t…
Arts Nov 15America, I sing you back
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke says her poem, "America, I Sing You Back", was born not out of anger but out of concern and a love for her country.
Arts Nov 11Sister’s worry over another deployment inspires this Veterans Day poem
Gretchen Marquette has written several poems about the complicated feelings she has about her brother fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.