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"We Read in Order to Come to Life": Grief, Joy, and the Magic of Literary Form

How do writers assemble words in a way that lifts them beyond their literal meaning to speak what can’t really be said? These three writers are masters. In her novel Checkout 19, Claire-Louise Bennett (whose words are quoted in this program’s…
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Let Her Tell It: Black Women Writing on the Body and Mind

Many Black women have a complex relationship with their bodies. Historically their bodies have been racialized, hypersexualized, exoticized, abused, exploited for labor and othered. Stressors in their lives affects physical and mental health.…
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The Poetry of Exile

From Dante to Liu Tsung-yuan to Pablo Neruda, the subject of exile has been fertile ground for poetry. Four contemporary luminaries put their own singular spins on this timeless theme. New York Times Magazine poetry editor Victoria Chang draws…
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No Man’s Land: Writing the Story of Displacement

We’re living in a time when record numbers of people in the world are being displaced—whether by war or climate change or disaster or economic insecurity. Carol Edgarian (Vera) and Paisley Rekdal (Appropriate) are writers whose works span…
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Relationships, Reckonings & Remembrances: A Reading by Three California Poets

How do we contemplate and document political and familial histories? How can we address struggle and grief, love and survival? Three California poets navigate relationships, reckonings, and memory with unerring eyes through their distinct poetic…
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National Book Foundation Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib and Douglas Kearney

Join 2021 National Book Award Finalists Hanif Abdurraqib (A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance) and Douglas Kearney (Sho) for a conversation on poetics, performance, and the manipulation of genre to uncover meaning. The…
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There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Mourn, Heal, and Take to the Streets with Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and Others

The iconic Lawrence Ferlinghetti, revered poet and co-founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Books, famously claimed, “Printer’s ink is the greater explosive.” Ferlinghetti died at age 101 just a couple of months ago, but his spirit…
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Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada's Black Future

Whether it be poetry written for the page, the silver screen, the poetry slam or the melody, every poet plays with language to reveal the inexpressible. The Toronto International Festival of Authors and JAYU present the new generation of Canadian…
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Nigerian literature across generations

Listen to Efe Paul Azino, one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets and the director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival. The poetry session is followed by a cross-generational conversation between authors Ayọbámi Adebayo and Mobolaji…
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Poetry from Kabul

Directly from the Writer’s House in Kabul: meet poets, translators, visual artists and activists making a mark on their time and society. Participants Baktash Rawesh, Mujib Mehradad, Ramin Naqshbandi, Sajad Ahmad Shakeeb and Tamana Tawangar…