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Mona Van Duyn and the Women of the Catbird Seat

Posted by: Caitlin Rizzo

Yesterday would have been the 92nd birthday of Mona Van Duyn, and what better way to commemorate her legacy as the first female Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry than to spend it celebrating the women to have held the position? Since an act of Congress changed the title of Consultant in Poetry to Poet Laureate …

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Kevin Young’s “Crowning”

Posted by: Caitlin Rizzo

Kevin Young is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), which won an American Book Award, and Book of Hours (forthcoming in 2014). He is also the editor of eight other collections, most recently The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink and The Collected …

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Marilyn Chin is a “Witness to History”

Posted by: Caitlin Rizzo

Next Wedensday, May 1st, Marilyn Chin will join poets Brenda Shaughnessy,Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young in “Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force,” a reading to celebrate Natasha Trethewey’s year as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Chin, like Monday’s featured poet Patricia Smith, was selected by Trethewey as a …

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Susan Robinson and the New South

Posted by: Caitlin Rizzo

“It never crossed my mind when I began writing fiction that I could write about anything except life in the South. It never crossed my mind that I knew about anything else; knew, that is, well enough to write about. Nothing else ever nagged you enough to stir the imagination.”–Robert Penn Warren On March 27, …