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By Corinne Segal
Poet Shira Erlichman writes about her relationship to Lithium to treat mental illness.
Shane McCrae's poems are often an experiment in form, built from nontraditional metrics and a focus on sound and texture.
A poem by Anaïs Duplan looks at the life of Mary Bowser, a former slave who was a Union spy during the Civil War.
Ocean Vuong subverts the historical erasure of stories like his: of immigration, of queerness, of the aftermath of war.
Chen Chen's earlier work began with an exploration of his own intersecting identities, parts of himself that he said other people told him could not exist at once.
Fatemeh Shams grew up in Mashhad in northeast Iran, in a conservative environment where she said she found it challenging to express her doubts about religion and explore her identity as a woman.
Writing poems helped Beth Copeland understand more about her father's experience with Alzheimer's disease.
At a young age, language was Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s best defense. Growing up undocumented, Castillo said that fluency in English — and, later, poetry — were the tools with which he could protect against deportation. Writing was “a way…
Vanessa Angelica Villarreal writes about growing up in Texas, cultural assimilation and the myths of her Mexican family's history.
Poet Muriel Leung began writing about grief and loss in college following the death of her father.
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