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In 'Above Ground,' Clint Smith meditates on a changing world, personal and public

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Smith's poems reveal that his wonder at the world keeps him holding on to faith in the way the universe works. Ultimately, this collection points to our ability to trust in the face of volatility.


Raymond Antrobus uses spoken word poetry to portray a diverse experience of sound

Friday, September 30, 2022

The First Time I Wore Hearing Aids aims to make sound more inclusive for listeners by broadening the way in which we experience it.


In 'Intimacies, Received,' moments of intimacy come tangled with moments of violence

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Taneum Bambrick's second collection of poems portrays how moments of intimacy can represent moments of violence – and how difficult it can be to untangle the two from each other.


Saeed Jones confronts the end of the world in new poems

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Alive at the End of The World, the new poetry collection by Saeed Jones, reckons with continued living in the face of endless grief.


A book on laughter and how it brings out our most authentic selves

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

In Animal Joy, poet and psychoanalyst Nuar Alsadir explores the nature of laughter and how it can tap into our unconscious.


What is the legacy of burn pits? For some Iraqis, it's a lifetime of problems

Friday, August 12, 2022

The PACT Act provides new access to services for American veterans struggling with the health effects of exposure to burn pits. But in Iraq, civilians who were exposed are still on their own.


GOP governors sent buses of migrants to D.C. — with no plan for what came next

Friday, August 05, 2022

For months, governors of Texas and Arizona have been sending charter buses full of migrants to Washington, D.C. Neither the local nor federal government greets them when they arrive.


In a new memoir in verse, Alora Young traces the lives of generations of Black women

Monday, August 01, 2022

Alora Young is the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate of the Southern United States. Her debut poetry collection Walking Gentry Home is a memoir written in verse.


A new dictionary will document the lexicon of African American English

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A new research collaboration between Harvard University and Oxford University Press aims to compile the first fully-formed dictionary of African American English.


'O' takes readers on a journey of abandonment and reclamation

Friday, July 08, 2022

In her third poetry collection, Zeina Hashem Beck is graceful her defiance of fitting self into a box. She embraces the multitudes – mother, citizen, poet, warrior – and presents herself as one whole.


Safia Elhillo takes a leap in new poems, writes about shame and the body

Friday, July 08, 2022

In her latest poetry collection Girls That Never Die, Safia Elhillo writes about the shame and violence that often comes with being a woman.


More companies are trying out the 4-day workweek. But it might not be for everyone

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

For some workers, the four-day workweek has been a dream and helped restore their work/life balance. Others say it doesn't create as much flexibility as it might seem.


In 'Human Resources,' a poet finds her voice by working on artificial intelligence

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Ryann Stevenson's debut collection Human Resources won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. It looks at how technology both connects and separates us.


'Ante body' asks us to be more open to the world

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

In her new collection, Egypt-born poet Marwa Helal plays with language to challenge the way we approach our problems.


Elif Batuman's sequel 'Either/Or' follows a young woman's sexual awakening

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Either/Or is Batuman's sequel to her bestselling Pulitzer finalist novel The Idiot.


'Mirror Made of Rain' looks at how patterns of self-destruction are inherited

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Naheed Phiroze Patel's debut novel Mirror Made of Rain is out in the U.S. this week.


In her new poems, Ada Limón argues for turning a delicate attention to the world

Monday, May 09, 2022

The award-winning poet's new collection, The Hurting Kind, is a testament to the power of sensitivity and to the reality that the world is here to both guide us and lead us astray.


For neurodivergent, non-speaking poets, collaboration is the basis of language

Friday, April 29, 2022

Poet Adam Wolfland identifies as neurodivergent and autistic. He says poetry is in his body — he types and moves to communicate and his poetry is multidimensional.


Ocean Vuong's new poems examine the 'big, big yesterday' since his mother was alive

Monday, April 04, 2022

Ocean Vuong's second poetry collection, Time is a Mother, grapples with time and its impermanence following his mother's death in 2019.


Poetry collection 'Customs' is rooted in un-rootedness

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

In her highly anticipated second collection, Solmaz Sharif examines the language of rules — exploring conformity and naming losses. Migration, borders, and displacement are constants in these poems.