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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…
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New California Poets

Former U. S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass introduces four young poets who explore, in their innovative verse, the issues of our day. This new generation builds on a rich Californian tradition that runs from Ina Coolbrith to Thom Gunn, from Ambrose…
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Break, Blow, Burn: Poets on Desire

"What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire,” said the late, great poet Stanley Kunitz. Desire may be poets’ most enduring subject: whether erotic, filial, maternal, environmental, nostalgic, or spiritual, we are always reaching toward…
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Put Your Poems Upon the Gears: Poetry and Activism

Poetry’s protest tradition is long and storied, challenging power and injustice by staking a moral claim on society through satire, performance, or lyrical turn of phrase. These four contemporary poets will read from their socially-engaged…
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The Future of Vietnamese American Literature

Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese American writers produce diverse literature that moves beyond classic immigrant/refugee narrative into genres of memoir, experimental poetry, graphic novel and espionage thriller. This panel engages…
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Jane Hirshfield | The Beauty

Celebrate the stunning new book of poems from one of American poetry’s most distinctive and essential voices. With a pen faithful to the actual yet dipped at times in the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield considers the inner and outer worlds…
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An Evening with Saul Williams

Feature presenter Saul Williams has shared his music and spoken word performances in over 30 countries, with invitations from world-class venues such as the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, and…
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Michael McClure and George Brooks: Words and Music

In an historic meeting of poetry and music, the acclaimed poet Michael McClure and saxophonist extraordinaire George Brooks take the stage to create a tapestry of words and music from the influences and experiences of two long and remarkable…