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Philip Levine reads "Mingus at the Half Note"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Philip Levine is set to become the nation's Poet Laureate this Fall, but he already was WNYC's Poet in Residence back in 2003. Listen to Levine read William Matthews' "Mingus at the Half Note," and how the poem relates personally to him.

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Features

Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright Pay Homage to Shel Silverstein

Friday, August 05, 2011

On Saturday, the sidewalk ends in Central Park. The author, poet, songwriter and cartoonist Shel Silverstein -- known to many for children's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends -- will be lauded in a, um, "Shelebration" as part of Central Park's SummerStage series.

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Features

First New York Poetry Festival Takes Over Governors Island

Monday, July 25, 2011

The First Annual New York Poetry Festival takes place this weekend in and among the green lawns, rows of London Plane trees and historic brick houses of Governors Island. More than 130 poets from across the country will read their work.

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Talk to Me

The Word as Sword: Reza Aslan at Poet's House

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As the Middle East continues to feel the tremors of revolution from all across the landscape, Dr. Reza Aslan’s book “Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East” offers a timely look at the role of literature in modern Islam.

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Studio 360

Libya’s Soundtrack to the Revolution

Friday, July 01, 2011

The political and military chaos in Libya is about to enter its sixth month. As the rebels wage war against Muammar Gaddafi from their capital in Benghazi, and NATO air strikes continue to target his forces, subtler forms of protest that don't make...

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Features

Comedy, Poems and Puppets at the Lower East Side Arts Festival

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Lower East Side returns to its swinging 1960's roots on Friday by hosting its 16th annual festival of music, poetry, puppets and dance. More than 100 artists will show work at the festival from Friday through Sunday. Check out images of festivals past here.

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Studio 360

Fakespeare Sonnets: The Winners

Friday, May 13, 2011

For his novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, Arthur Philips wrote an entire play that was a forgery of Shakespeare. (He described the creative process in his interview with Kurt Andersen last week.) We asked our listeners to get in on the act, and take a stab at a fake Shakespearean...

Outstanding Forgeries: Listen to the winning sonnets

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The Takeaway

A 'Common' Misunderstanding

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Michelle Obama is hosting a poetry program tonight at the White House, and her guest will be hop-hop artist, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known as, Common. Many conservatives are outraged by this decision, Fox News called the rapper, "vile." Conservatives are pointing to a set of lyrics from Common's "A Letter to the Law," where he says:"With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button. Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction."

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Features

Staten Islanders Win Parks Haiku Competition

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Haiku by four Staten Island residents have won this year's Freshkills Park Haiku Contest. Contestants were asked to create haiku, which are poems of three lines with five, seven and five syllables, about the landfill-turned park. Click here to see the winning verse.

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Transportation Nation

Bike-Ku

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The future Springville Greenway, a 3.3-mile path along the eastern edge of Freshkills Park

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The New York City Parks Department announced the winner of its annual Haiku Contest. This year's guidelines: "impressions, experiences, thoughts and ideas of what Freshkills Park is and will be." The winning submission, which comes from Staten Islander Stevie D'Arbanville, marries a future bike lane to a past romance:

Somewhere underneath
The bike paths I will ride on
My old love letters

More winning haiku can be found here.

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WNYC News

'Crossing State Lines': 54 Writers, One American Poem

Friday, April 22, 2011

This year, National Poetry Month brings an ambitious collaboration: a cross-country relay race of 54 poets contributing to one piece of American poetry. The practice is known as renga, an ancient Japanese tradition of collaborative poetry, and Crossing State Lines is its American manifestation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poetry Month: Katha Pollitt

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Katha Pollitt, poet and columnist at The Nation magazinecontinues the National Poetry Month conversation about politics and poetry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poetry Month: Martin Espada

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be speaking with different poets throughout the month of April. This week Martin Espada, poet and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of The Trouble Ball: Poems, talks about connecting the personal and the political through his poetry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Billy Collins on Writing Poetry

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006, talks about the art of writing poetry and his latest collection, Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

National Poetry Month Kick Off

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be speaking with different poets throughout the month of April. For the first installment, Al Letson, spoken word poet, playwright and host of NPR & PRX's State of the Re:Union, joins us to discuss his work. 

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Spinning on Air

Diving Into the Wreck

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Adrienne Rich's poem "Diving Into the Wreck" uses the vivid metaphor of underwater investigation to say something personal and universal about uncovering and recovering an understanding of truth. David Garland presents a recording of Rich reading her poem, and uses it as a starting point for a sequence of songs that also seem to address worlds underwater and the search for truth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Re-telling a Revolt

Monday, March 07, 2011

National Book Award finalist Kevin Young explores the complicated history of the Amistad slave rebellion in Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels. The book-length poem focuses on two helmsman: Cinque, the leader of the slave-ship mutiny, and James Covey, a North African who served as a translator for the jailed rebels. It's the fruit of over 20 years of historical research into the uprising.

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Studio 360

My Poet/My Novelist

Friday, February 11, 2011

What’s it like to practice the same line of work as your spouse? What if you’re both writers, but one is a novelist — in love with plot and character — and one is a poet — obsessed with words? Novelist Naeem Murr wrote about that marriage for the Poetry Foundation. We brought him together with his wife, Averill Curdy, for both sides of the story.

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Studio 360

Spark: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Art

Friday, February 11, 2011

This month we're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. In the book, scores of America's greatest filmmakers, writers, musicians and artists give readers an inside look at their creative processes and inspiration.

This week, Kurt and Julie discuss three different artists who confronted unique challenges and turned them into art: photographer Joel Meyerowitz, poet Donald Hall, and playwright Lynn Nottage.

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Studio 360

Spark: More Stories About Art in Hard Times

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Donald Hall, Joel Meyerowitz, and Lynn Nottage.

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