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Writer & gang interventionist Luis J. Rodriguez March 15, 2011: Luis J. Rodriguez is a poet, memoirist, and a founder of Chicago's Guild Complex, among other organizations. He's also a community activist who works to keep kids out of gangs. Rodriguez reads next Wednesday, March 16, at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Below, he takes the time to answer a few questions for us. What line or poem do you find [...] by

Introducing Julie Carr March 7, 2011: This month, Harriet welcomes the poet, publisher, and teacher Julie Carr as our third "Craft Work" writer. Carr is the author of four books of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion (UGA press), Equivocal (Alice James), 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, winner of the Sawtooth Prize), and Sarah-Of Fragments and Lines (Coffee House, a NPS selection). Her [...] by

Congratulations, nerds February 28, 2011: First, an objective correlative moment from last night's show: Second, demographics young and old are flocking to the Google to find out more about the man who stole the Oscars with his discomfiting weirdo-dom, and it just so happens that we have an interview with Franco up on our homepage this week, so we're getting lots of incoming [...] by

In which Edwin Torres welcomes the end of Facebook February 22, 2011: This Thursday, February 24, the poet Edwin Torres will read in an event co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, Poetry magazine, the Columbia College English department, and the college's Center for Book & Paper Arts. A reception immediately follows the reading. Here, Torres talks briefly about a few figures—Velemir Khlebnikov, David Bowie, and [...] by

Thoughts On Yes And No February 15, 2011: On Thursday, February 24, at 6pm, Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation, the Columbia College Poetry Program, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts present: Performance Poetry in the Age of Language + Reception, featuring Edwin Torres. After the reading, the Center for Book and Paper Arts will host a reception for guests, where a selection [...] by

The most popular love poem on our site right now? February 14, 2011: "Everything Good between Men and Women" by CD Wright. (Thanks to Jessica Grose over at Slate). by

What Elizabeth Bishop and Shel Silverstein have in common February 9, 2011: Next Thursday, Joelle Biele, editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence (FSG, 2011) will be on hand at the University of Chicago International House to answer questions about the collection at a Poetry Foundation and University of Chicago event celebrating Elizabeth Bishop. We took some time to talk to her about [...] by

Poetry Foundation at AWP! February 1, 2011: If you're able to make the treacherous journey to AWP this year, be sure to find the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine in booth 112! Don't miss us hosting Thursday night's reception, plus the following panels and readings: Thursday, February 3 12-1:15pm: Copyright and Fair Use: a legal review for poets (R158: Wilson A, B, & C Room, [...] by

Douglas Kearney January 10, 2011: For the next two months, poet Douglas Kearney will be Harriet's "Craft Work" blogger. “Craft Work” is a Harriet feature in which poets, translators, editors, and publishers talk about the creative work done in their respective fields. Harriet will host a featured writer on a bimonthly basis, and periodically present live discussions between [...] by

A few of Matthea Harvey’s favorite things January 5, 2011: Matthea Harvey, a poet whose work abounds with visual imagery, is also a regular contributor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB. She joins the Poetry Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago for a reading next Thursday, January 13. Harvey chatted with us about her favorite poets, musicians, and critters, as well as a holiday spent at the Art [...] by