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C.D. Wright Examines a Civil Rights Era Event in Verse
Weaving oral histories, hymns, lists, interviews, newspaper accounts and personal memories, poet C.D. Wright explores a Civil Rights Era event in her native state of Arkansas. 5:26

A Child's Garden of Poetry
Daffodils
Poem by William Wordsworth. Read by Dave Matthews. 1:27

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University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Turns 75
The Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's oldest and most prestigious postgraduate writing program for elite writers and poets, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 7:54

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Benghazi-Born Poet Mattawa Reflects on Growing Up under Gadhafi
Personal reflections on the crisis in Libya from poet Khaled Mattawa. 7:08

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Virginia Poet Charles Wright Explores “Inexhaustible Power of Words”
Poet Charles Wright has authored more than 20 books of verse and won numerous awards. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads some of his work and shares his sources of inspiration. 3:44

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In Haiti, Artists Create Poetry Amid the Rubble
The story of Haitian poets and artists surviving—and creating—amid the rubble of last year’s earthquake. 8:02

Poetry Documentaries
After Lyn Hejinian
Vanessa Place tweets Lyn Hejinian’s life softly as her song. 1:09:42

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In Haiti, Writer Kwame Dawes Tells of Quake Aftermath Through Poetry
In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, poet Kwame Dawes has been traveling to Haiti over the past year to report and write poems that capture the human side of the . . . 11:09

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Profile of Boise, Idaho-based Poet Karena Youtz
Poet and lyricist Karena Youtz shares her most recent collection of poems, The Shape is Space. 3:28

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Anthology Traces Rap's Lyrical Journey, Poetic Roots
Is rap music a form of lyric poetry? A new anthology, published by Yale University Press, makes the case. 7:39

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National Book Award Winner Hayes Reads From Lighthead
National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes reads the title poem from his award-winning volume, Lighthead. 1:29

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W.S. Merwin Explores the Importance of Imagination
A conversation with W.S. Merwin, who was appointed as the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by The Library of Congress. 7:26

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A Safe House for Writers in Pittsburgh
In Pittsburgh, a special program offers foreign writers whose lives are endangered to get a new start and write freely. 8:05

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Texas Poet Twists Newsprint Into Prose
Austin Kleon is a Texas-based poet, writer, cartoonist and designer. He's found a playful way of making poetry from discarded newspapers, as demonstrated in his new book Newspaper Blackout. 4:49

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Poet Ben Saenz Considers Mexico’s Border Violence
Saenz is a Chicano poet, novelist, professor and painter who lives near El Paso, Texas, just across the border from the Mexican town of Juarez. Much of his work addresses the land and people . . . 4:19

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Poet Behbahani Writes for Peace Amid Iran's Political Turmoil
English translator Farzaneh Milani examines the writings of Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most renowned and prolific female poets, amid the recent political turmoil that has affected her own life. 4:16

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David Mason's Novel in Verse Explores the Old American West
Poet, essayist, and professor David Mason shares a look at a dramatic moment in American labor history through his poem about a 1913 mine strike that ended in violence. 4:14

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Classic Poems Turn Lyrical on Natalie Merchant's New Album
Natalie Merchant has just released a two-disc album titled Leave Your Sleep, a collection of 26 traditional poems set to original music. 6:17

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Poet Lucille Clifton Dies After Cancer Battle
Remembering former Maryland poet laureate and National Book Award winner Lucille Clifton. 2:55

Children's Poet Laureate
Tea with Cherries
Although she moved frequently as a child, Mary Ann Hoberman always found comfort in her large extended family. 3:01

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A 'Rift in the Land' Brings Haitians Together
Understanding Haiti's disaster through a poet's eyes. 3:58
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