"July in Washington" is from Robert Lowell "Collected Poems" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Lowell, who died in 1977, is best known for his volume "Life Studies," "but his true greatness as an American poet lies in the astonishing variety…

In the months after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the public flooded the White House mailbox with 1.5 million condolence letters to then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. "We loved the President as a father as the father of our…

Mar 08

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D.A. Powell is the author of "Chronic" (Graywolf Press), which won the 2010 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is given annually by Claremont Graduate University to honor work by a mid-career poet.

Feb 22

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"Hole" is from Naomi Ayala's "This Side of Early" (Curbstone Press, 2008). Her first collection, "Wild Animals on the Moon," was published in 1997, and a third is forthcoming. She lives in Washington, D.C., and works as an education consultant,…

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, essayist and poet, and instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Jan 18

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Terrance Hayes is the author of three books of poems: "Muscular Music" (1999); "Hip Logic" (2002, National Poetry Series winner); and "Wind in a Box" (2006), and the recipient of many awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry…

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