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NEW YORK — With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin's landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver's poetry collection “Devotions.”
After experimenting with different writing styles for years, local artist and photographer Joyce Wilkens found in poetry an inspiring new world of expression. To celebrate the release of her first collection, “Poetry Pie,” Wilkens will host a socially distanced open house this weekend.
Louise Glück, an American poet long revered for the power, inventiveness and concision of her work and for her generosity to younger writers, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Auntie’s Bookstore will host a live Zoom event Saturday with comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet J. Hope Stein to celebrate the release of their book “The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad.”
During times of political strife people look to thinkers, leaders, helpers and especially artists. Not only do artists capture and expressively reflect ideas of the time, but they can offer humanity, guidance and healing. Here are a few poets to look for inspiration, catharsis and restoration during these times.
How much pain and anger can a good poet pack into just a few words? A lot in this 15-word haiku by Laura Foley from her 2019 collection of poems from Headmistress Press titled “Why I Never Finished My Dissertation,” her seventh book. Foley lives in Vermont.
Spokane Falls Community College professor Irv Broughton’s latest poetry collections, “Feilding the Cap Cod Past” and “The Fires of Tangerine,” are filled with memories from his east coast childhood. “Harvesting the past,” Broughton looks back on the many adventures of his idyllic adolescence and the writers he met along the way.
Karla Huston, Wisconsin’s poet laureate in 2017 and 2018, lives in Appleton. She’s published several books and chapbooks and does the good work of reviewing poetry for various journals.
How fascinated a young person can be with the secret lives of his or her teachers. I left junior high – middle school today – more than 60 years ago, but still I occasionally wonder about the private lives of my teachers.
Local poet Bethany Montgomery expresses her experiences through poetry and encourages others from underrepresented groups to do the same through her organization, Power 2 the Poetry.
Spoken word artist Bethan "B. Lyte" Montgomery recites a poem she wrote about George Floyd, the man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. She is accompanied by Kendan Worley.
I’ve shared with you a couple of poems from the anthology “Local News: Poetry About Small Towns” from MWPH Books in Fairwater, Wisconsin. Here’s another, by Mark Vinz, who lives in Minnesota.
We’ve featured several other poems by Bruce Guernsey, who lives in Illinois and Maine. But here he is visiting Gettysburg and giving us a poem for Memorial Day.
For local poet Janelle Cordero, writing is a nonnegotiable daily pursuit. She wakes up, sits down to a blank page from her endless supply of notebooks and proceeds to devote the best part of her creative energy to her art.
I’m sticking my neck out here, but I suspect this is the first poem in history to picture a group of children making a practice visit to a dentist. And such a touching picture it is.
As the coronavirus spread in March, poet Ada Limon struggled at first to write, feeling “flattened and silenced” by a pandemic that had shut down much of the world she knew.
Most of the school-age athletes I know or have known would have been embarrassed to show any vulnerability, and this fine poem by Al Ortolani, from his chapbook “Hansel and Gretel Get the Word on the Street, published by Rattle,” really catches what I felt like, trying to do my best at what I was never any good at, even on my best day.
Did you know April is National Poetry Month? It was established in the U.S. in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate and raise awareness about poetry and why it matters.
Many writers can confidently say their experiments in authorship began early, often in childhood, but for local poet Derek Annis, that journey began accidentally and much later.
How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? Only one.