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Meena Alexander on writing, postcolonialism, and why she never joined the circus.
Widening the Conversation
Edward Hirsch holds forth on his Poet’s Glossary.
Ruth Lilly Prize Winner Nathaniel Mackey speaks about his poetry of process.
Susan Cheever on E. E. Cummings and the state of biography.
‘Are We All Monsters?’
Philip Schultz’s The Wherewithal grapples with the Holocaust, poverty, Vietnam, and then some.
Daniel Redman chants Leaves of Grass to tell the story of queer history.
Tess Taylor on Thomas Jefferson, her family tree, and why literary history is full of omissions.
'Finding a Window'
Nikky Finney on the South, Condoleezza Rice, and why curiosity trumps rage.
Unsettling Emily Dickinson
The co-editor of The Gorgeous Nothings talks about the challenges of editing the iconic poet.
Kill Your Darlings, a new film about a young Allen Ginsberg and friends, tracks life before the Beats.