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A literary blog about poetry and related news
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  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    New York Times reporter Jennifer Schuessler discusses a recent discovery by Topeka poet Eric McHenry that led to an important revelation about Langston Hughes. "Hughes, a leading light of the Harlem...

    Langston Hughes
  • Open Door
    By Harmony Holiday

    Being such an attentive and heroic witness can mean that you yourself, as that witness, are never entirely seen.

    Black and white image of James Baldwin.
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Jason Miller details the civil rights leader's complicated friendship with poet Langston Hughes. At Smithsonian magazine, Miller explains, "For years,...

    Martin Luther King Jr. at Washington, D.C. Mall
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    At the Paris Review, for her series called Eat Your Words, Valerie Stivers invites readers to think about what Langston Hughes might have eaten when he wrote Not Without Laughter....

    Langston Hughes, Not Without Laughter, cover
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    Today kicks off Black History Month and we celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes. The New York Times recognizes the occasion with an op-ed by Renée Watson, who reflects on...

    Langston Hughes
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    The New York Times features an adapted version of Angela Flournoy's introduction to a new Penguin edition of poet Langston Hughes's 1930 novel, Not Without Laughter, in its Book Review section. Flournoy...

    Langston Hughes
  • Featured Blogger
    By Vincent Katz

    I am surrounded by books and anthologies of poetry. They give solace in dark times, fire up emboldened resistance, and provide delight in musical form. Here’s a selection of what...

    New Negro Poets, cover
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    For the New York Times's Opinion Pages, Jennifer Wilson looks at the interactions between writers and performers of the Harlem Renaissance and the Soviet Union during the first half of the twentieth...

    Langston Hughes
  • Featured Blogger
    By erica lewis

    mary wants to be a superwoman (Third Man Books, 2017), the second book in the box set trilogy, retraces the history of the women in my mother’s family, starting with the Trail...

    eric lewis, mary wants to be a superwoman, cover
  • Poetry News
    By Harriet Staff

    Released last month, In the Company of Russell Atkins pays homage to one of Cleveland's literary giants. "During high school, Atkins was turned on to poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley,...

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