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Spotlight on Cave Canem

February 9, 2012 by Paulette Beete Some of the 2011 Cave Canem Fellows with instructor Carl Phillips (back row, 2nd from right). Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths You might not expect Pompeii to figure significantly in the history of African-American literature, but it was a visit to the ancient buried city that inspired the name […]

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Art Talk with NEA Lit Fellows Benjamin Percy and Jennifer Percy

December 12, 2011 by Paulette Beete Benjamin Percy and his sister and fellow writer Jennifer Percy. Photo by William J. Adams “The writer’s life is spent alone—at the desk—the missives we write equivalent to notes in a bottle tossed into a midnight sea.” — Benjamin Percy Not only does writing apparently run in the blood […]

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Art Talk with Kimiko Hahn

September 22, 2011 by Paulette Beete Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis   “This is a very practical side to the arts: opening up space for creativity—be it in painting or biology!—and nurturing it.” — Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora: Poems, released by W.W. Norton […]

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Art Talk with Linda Pastan

September 14, 2011 by Paulette Beete Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem “Traveling Light” award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, “our lives have minds/of their own.” And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by which objects […]

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Art Talk with Danielle Evans

September 6, 2011 by Paulette Beete Danielle Evans. Photo by Nina Subin Barely into her mid-20s, fiction writer Danielle Evans—a literature and creative writing professor at DC’s American University—has already distinguished herself among her peers with such recognition as the 2011 Paterson Prize, the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a First Book […]

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Art Talk with Ron Spatz of Alaska Quarterly Review

July 20, 2011 by Don Ball The Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR), published at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, calls itself “a literary magazine of consequence” with good reason. For a literary journal produced in one of the more far-flung regions of the country, it has generated considerable notice for its stories: Pushcart Prizes, O. […]

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From the Page to the Screen: The Poetry Projection Project

May 16, 2011 San Francisco, California This year San Francisco’s WritersCorps (a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library) celebrated National Poetry Month by taking poetry off the page and projecting it onto the screen. The Poetry Projection Project invited professional and emerging filmmakers and video artists to create […]

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