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By News Desk and Associated Press
Poet Charles Simic died Monday at 84. He was a prolific writer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and served as Poet Laureate of the United States. He often wrote, with both bite and humor, of the World War II era…
By Jeffrey Brown, Anne Azzi Davenport
Becoming a poet laureate is a coveted role and rare honor. Rarer still is having two laureates in the same family. Jeffrey Brown traveled to Philadelphia to meet with a poetic family and hear how a mother-son duo is working…
By Jeffrey Brown, Anne Azzi Davenport, Alison Thoet
Natasha Trethewey is a two-time U.S. poet laureate and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection “Native Guard.” Now, she has written a memoir about her childhood, the murder of her mother and her own career calling. Titled…
Joy Harjo, the new poet laureate of the United States, is the first Native American to achieve that honor. Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with Harjo, a member of Oklahoma's Muscogee Creek Nation, in Tulsa to discuss how arts shaped…
By Jeffrey Brown, Kira Wakeam
By Hillel Italie, Associated Press
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement that Harjo helped tell an "American story" of traditions both lost and maintained, of "reckoning and myth-making.
By Jennifer Hijazi
Hall, a candid, unaffected writer who examined love, loss and rural American life, died Saturday at the age of 89.
By Larisa Epatko
Tracy K. Smith, the nation’s newest poet laureate, says writing is not just about expressing emotion but of the choices you make when putting words on the page. She reads two of her poems here.
By Corinne Segal
This week, U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera embarks on a country-wide poetry project, “Casa de Colores,” which he announced earlier this month at the National Book Festival.
By PBS NewsHour
Juan Felipe Herrera is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, most recently “Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes.” He is the son of migrant workers from Mexico, and today he…
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