Jack Prelutsky was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in the Bronx. After working various jobs -- folk singer, cab driver, furniture and piano mover, fruit picker and janitor -- Prelutsky began writing poetry at age 24…
Poet Jack Prelutsky reads some of his poems.
Poet Natasha Trethewey reads some of her poems.
Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007 for her book, "Native Guard," written about her mother and black Civil War soldiers on the Mississippi coast. From the collection, she reads the poem, "Myth," along with other works.
Natasha Trethewey recently won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her work about black Civil War soldiers on the Mississippi coast. She discusses the collection, as well as her personal ties to the Gulf Coast with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown.
Poet Ghassan Zaqtan reads some of his poems.
Ghassan Zaqtan was born in 1954 near Bethlehem and lives in Ramallah. He has worked with the Palestinian resistance movement and was editor of "Bayader" literary magazine of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is editor-in-chief of the quarterly poetry journal…
Samih al-Qasim was born in 1939 in Zarqa, Jordan. He grew up in the village of Rama in northern Palestine and was a leading figure of the "resistance poets" of the 1950s. He has written more than thirty books of…
Poet Samih al-Qasim reads some of his poems.
Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriya. After fleeing to Lebanon during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, Muhammad Ali and his family settled in Nazareth where they have lived since. He has published several…
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