Podcast Series

The AWP Podcast Series features recordings from our annual conference. Members can listen to the podcasts episode by episode, or subscribe to our feed (using a program such as iTunes), which is updated every time we add a new episode.

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 77: Image & Idea: Rachel Kushner & Colm Tóibín, a Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by The Center for Fiction

    Colm Tóibín (The Testament of Mary) described Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers as, “an ambitious and serious American novel. The scope is wide. The political and the personal are locked in a deep and fascinating embrace.” And in Tóibín's latest novel he takes on nothing less than the Mother of Christ. Hear these two authors read and speak about the larger ideas that inspired them and the need for scope in the contemporary novel.

    Published Date: September 3, 2014
    Duration: 01:11:14

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 76: A Reading and Conversation with Ben Fountain and Amy Tan, Sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle

    Two National Book Critics Circle award-honored novelists, Ben Fountain and Amy Tan, read from their work and talk with NBCC Vice President/Online Jane Ciabattari about inspiration, research, readers, awards, the unique challenges of first novels, and the imaginative process that gives their work originality. Since 1974, the National Book Critics Circle awards have honored the best literature published in English. These are the only awards chosen by the critics themselves.

    Published Date: August 20, 2014
    Duration: 01:12:42

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 75: A Reading and Conversation with David Guterson and Erik Larson, Sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and Seattle Arts & Lectures

    Authors David Guterson and Erik Larson read from recent books and engage in a discussion moderated by Peter Mountford on their work, genre overlap, and the literary arts in the Pacific Northwest.

    Published Date: August 13, 2014
    Duration: 01:08:45

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  • Washington State Convention Center | March 1, 2014

    Episode 74: A Reading and Conversation with Gish Jen and Tobias Wolff, Sponsored by the Oregon State University School of Writing, Literature, and Film

    Gish Jen, author of The Love Wife and Typical American, and Tobias Wolff, author ofThis Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, present readings of their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Jess Walter.

    Published Date: August 6, 2014
    Duration: 01:04:30

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 73: Author & Editor: The Relationship that Builds a Book

    Award-winning authors Jess Walter and Chuck Palahniuk sit down with editor Calvert Morgan of HarperCollins, who edits Walter's work, and Monica Drake, who is in a writing group with Pahalniuk, to discuss the alchemy behind creating such great works of fiction as "Beautiful Ruins" and "Doomed." More than just a conversation on the nuts and bolts of getting a book published, they will look at how the author/editor relationship affects the novel on the shelf.

    Published Date: July 30, 2014
    Duration: 01:01:01

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 72: Natalie Diaz, Lucia Perillo, and Dean Young: Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press

    Natalie Diaz, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec, joins two of contemporary literature's leading poets, Lucia Perillo and Dean Young, for a reading and conversation. Perillo is a Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Young is the current Texas Poet Laureate, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Poetry Prize. The event concludes with a conversation between the poets, moderated by the Executive Editor of Copper Canyon Press, Michael Wiegers.

    Published Date: July 23, 2014
    Duration: 01:16:19

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  • Washington State Convention Center | March 1, 2014

    Episode 71: Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi, Sponsored by Poets House

    Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter, Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.

    Published Date: July 16, 2014
    Duration: 01:09:13

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  • Washington State Convention Center | February 28, 2014

    Episode 70: A Reading and Conversation with Chris Abani and Chang-rae Lee

    Sponsored by the University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. Chris Abani, author of numerous works of prose and poetry, and Chang-rae Lee, author of the novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered, will present readings of their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Steph Opitz.

    Published Date: June 25, 2014
    Duration: 01:04:46

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  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 69: Academy of American Poets Presents Lucie Brock-Broido and Anne Carson

    Award-winning poet Lucie Brock-Broido, author of Trouble in Mind, and acclaimed poet, essayist, and translator Anne Carson, author of Autobiography of Red, present readings from their respective work.

    Published Date: October 16, 2013
    Duration: 00:55:27

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 68: Illness as Muse: Ten Years of the Bellevue Literary Review

    The Bellevue Literary Review is the first literary journal to be published from a medical center. Based in the oldest public hospital in the country, and perhaps the most legendary, the BLR has ushered in an entire field of literary medical writing. Now at the ten-year mark, the BLR illuminates the human condition through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease, and relationships to the body and mind. BLR writers Rafael Campo, Hal Sirowitz, David Oshinsky, Jacob Freedman, and Amanda Auchter explore these themes via fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

    Published Date: October 9, 2013
    Duration: 01:07:06

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 67: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

    This tribute celebrates the work of Seamus Heaney, one of the major poets of our time. Heaney, the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His most recent books include Human Chain and District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. This panel of colleagues, friends, and former students, who knew Heaney during his “Boston” years, will share anecdotes, offer critical analyses, and read from his poetry and prose.

    Published Date: October 2, 2013
    Duration: 01:10:29

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  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 66: Andre Dubus III & Edith Pearlman: A Reading & Conversation, Sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation

    Andre Dubus III, New York Times best-selling author of The House of Sand and Fog, and Edith Pearlman, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Binocular Vision, read and discuss their work with Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl is Already Broken and a PEN/Faulkner board member.

    Published Date: July 24, 2013
    Duration: 01:13:36

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  • Chicago, IL | March 2, 2012

    Episode 65: PSA Presents: A Reading and Conversation with C.K. Williams

    A reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, followed by an interview with Poetry Society of America Executive Director, Alice Quinn.

    Published Date: July 17, 2013
    Duration: 00:58:24

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  • Chicago, IL | March 1, 2012

    Episode 64: Flash Fiction: How and Why to Teach It

    If we can accept that flash fiction is indeed its own distinct genre, then a discussion remains about how and why to teach it. Does it deserve its own course? What is the flash canon? How can the conventions of poetry and prose apply? What does the accessibility of its short form offer the classroom? In this panel, a variety of instructors, from MFA directors to adjuncts, as well as writers and editors specializing in the genre, will discuss the methodology and canon for teaching flash fiction.

    Published Date: July 3, 2013
    Duration: 01:13:21

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 63: Language at the Breaking Point

    Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham and National Book Award-winner Terrance Hayes stretch language past the barriers of mind and limitations of personal experience to reinstate a kind of dignity to the world. Their creative tensions puncture the commonplace allowing the familiar to dislocate, laying bare our tenuous connection to life. Yet grace and a vivid, wakeful presence abide. Their poems demonstrate how the excavation of language itself can shape new possibilities for imagination to evolve.

    Published Date: June 5, 2013
    Duration: 01:33:04

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  • Chicago, IL | March 3, 2012

    Episode 62: Charting Unmarked Terrain: Fiction at the Borderland

    Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts. The human mind can be as wild as the landscape it inhabits. Through probing examination of notions of race, ruminations on identity, and social and historical commentary, these acclaimed writers chart the hidden dimensions of what it means to be human. using ecologically and socially conscious narratives, they explore our connections to the earth and to one another, reconciling loss and redemption.

    Published Date: May 29, 2013
    Duration: 01:10:07

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  • Chicago, IL | March 1, 2012

    Episode 61: A Reading and Conversation with Alice Notley, Sponsored by Wesleyan University Press

    A reading by Alice Notley, followed by a Q&A guided by poet/scholar Steven Evans. Notley has two new books: The Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (Wesleyan UP), a work of poetry that gives voice to victims of genocide—both ancient and contemporary; and a poetical fantasy Culture of One (Penguin). Evans, who has interviewed Notley in the past, has a keen understanding of her work. The discussion will allow the audience to gain a deeper understanding of her complex poetry and writing process.

    Published Date: May 22, 2013
    Duration: 01:14:40

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  • Chicago, IL | March 3, 2012

    Episode 60: The Need to Speak: Writing the Political Poem

    The politics of our age are rabid, dazzling, blinkered, ridiculous—yet they matter, deeply, in all our daily lives. We click the television over to the latest protests in Wisconsin, we open a newspaper and try to make sense of this latest war, and we feel called speak. How do we do so honestly and with conviction, nuance, complexity? Five poets take on these questions and more as they read from and discuss their own work and that of other poets who’ve successfully written political poems.

    Published Date: May 15, 2013
    Duration: 01:13:24

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  • Chicago, IL | February 29, 2012

    Episode 59: An Interview with Jennifer Egan by Jessica Anthony

    Jennifer Egan is the author of the novels Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award., The Keep, and A Visit from the Goon Squad, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

    Published Date: May 10, 2013
    Duration: 00:14:10

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  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 58: What Is Criticism? With NBCC Winners and Finalists

    What does it take to change discussion—or start discussion—around a novel, a poem, a play, a career? How to combine instruction with delight? Four leading literary and cultural critics, winners or finalists for the National Book Critic Circle’s awards, discuss the art of writing about books. These winners and finalists differ in background and experience; all represent criticism as a lively, challenging activity, one that can and must find something new to say.

    Published Date: May 8, 2013
    Duration: 01:08:45

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  • Chicago, IL | March 3, 2012

    Episode 57: PSA Presents: A Reading and Conversation with Mary Jo Bang and Ed Roberson

    Two contemporary masters will read, followed by a discussion about craft and influences, moderated by PSA Programs Director Darrel Alejandro Holnes, with questions from the audience.

    Published Date: May 1, 2013
    Duration: 01:09:49

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  • Chicago, IL | March 2, 2012

    Episode 56: A Reading and Conversation with Luis J. Rodriguez and Dagoberto Gilb

    Sponsored by Macondo Writers' Workshop. The event will be a reading of selected and new works by two of the most important American writers reflecting on the experiences and story tradition of the Latino community. Both Luis J. Rodriguez and Dagoberto Gilb are also involved in innovative initiatives in creative writing education and community efforts committed to positive social change. Question and answer with discussion will follow.

    Published Date: April 26, 2013
    Duration: 01:07:55

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  • Boston, MA | March 7, 2013

    Episode 55: Keynote, A Conversation Between Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, Moderated by Rosanna Warren

    Sponsored by Bath Spa University. Celebrated poet and translator Seamus Heaney is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, including Opened Ground; District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; Human Chain; and Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. Poet, playwright, and essayist Derek Walcott is the author of eight collections of plays, a book of essays, and fourteen poetry collections, including Omeros, Tiepolo's Hound, and most recently, White Egrets. Playwright and novelist Steve May, Director of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, will introduce the two Nobel Prize-winning poets, who will present readings of their work. A discussion will follow, moderated by the poet and critic Rosanna Warren, author of Ghost in a Red Hat.

    Published Date: April 24, 2013
    Duration: 01:00:38

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  • Chicago, IL | March 3, 2012

    Episode 54: An Interview with Carl Phillips by Brian Brodeur

    Carl Phillips is a poet, critic, and translator whose books include Double Shadow and Coin of the Realm. He teaches at Washington University.

    Published Date: October 10, 2012
    Duration: 00:35:53

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 3, 2012

    Episode 53: Literature and Evil, Sponsored by The Center for Fiction

    Acclaimed literary fiction writers who have unforgettably illuminated the nature of evil will read from their work and then engage in a discussion of their approaches to this topic well as their thoughts on other writers' work in this subject area, followed by an audience Q&A.

    Published Date: October 3, 2012
    Duration: 01:10:07

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  • International Ballroom South, Hilton Chicago | March 3, 2012

    Episode 52: A Reading and Conversation with Eileen Myles & Monica Youn, Sponsored by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

    Prominent poet and literary activist Eileen Myles and recent National Book Award finalist Monica Youn will present readings from their respective work to be followed by a conversation on feminist poetics with VIDA co-founders and poets Erin Belieu and Cate Marvin. AWP participants are encouraged to join a brief Q&A period to be held afterwards.

    Published Date: September 26, 2012
    Duration: 01:05:38

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  • Chicago, IL | March 2, 2012

    Episode 51: An Interview with Aleksandar Hemon by Jessica Anthony

    Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and New York Magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, as well as three short story collections: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. Stories, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Paris Review, Granta, TriQuarterly, New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

    Published Date: September 19, 2012
    Duration: 00:17:41

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  • International Ballroom South, Hilton Chicago | March 1, 2012

    Episode 50: Political Poetry: America and Abroad

    In a year of national election and in another year of war and human rights violations, we turn to poetry for... what, exactly? Four poets offer their own responses to the role of the poet in confronting national and international political situations--from the so-called war on terror to government-sanctioned uses of torture, from resistance movements to the political imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo.

    Published Date: September 5, 2012
    Duration: 01:11:26

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  • Continental B, Hilton Chicago | March 3, 2012

    Episode 49: Who Doesn't Want to Be Popular?: Adventures in Teaching With, For, Around, and Through Commercial Fiction

    The writing is what matters—or is it? The longstanding argument between literary and genre writers proves that, sometimes, it's about more than the words on the page. Writers and teachers of both commercial and literary fiction discuss how that battle plays out in the creative writing classroom. Should students be allowed to write whatever they want? How do we teach students who write in genres we don't read? What lessons might come from genre-bending? What resources do we turn to?

    Published Date: August 29, 2012
    Duration: 01:10:47

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  • The 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago | March 1, 2012

    Episode 48: An Interview with Claudia Emerson by Brian Brodeur

    Claudia Emerson, former Poet Laureate of Virginia, is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife. She also writes songs and performs with her husband, kent Ippolito, a musician who plays bluegrass, rock, folk, jazz, blues, and ragtime.

    Published Date: August 15, 2012
    Duration: 00:29:09

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  • International Ballroom South, Hilton Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 47: New Prose from Northwestern University: A Reading

    Writers who teach in Northwestern University's English Department, the Medill School of Journalism, and the MA/MFA in Creative Writing program will read new work. Their writing varies widely in subject and style, but they all investigate the world and themselves. Their fiction and nonfiction are based on research, reporting, reflection, remembering, and imagining.

    Published Date: August 8, 2012
    Duration: 0:53:53

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 1, 2012

    Episode 46: Page Meets Stage. Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts

    Taylor Mali and the Bowery Poetry Club come to AWP with the acclaimed Page Meets Stage series. Spoken word poetry and written poetry have inched closer in recent years, but there is still a big gap between poets who write to be read and those who recite to be heard. Or is there? Join us as performance poets (Mali, Peacock, and Bonair-Agard) and page poets (Doty and Nelson) are paired together and go head-to-head, poem-for-poem, revealing the playful give-and-take between the page and the stage.

    Published Date: August 1, 2012
    Duration: 01:04:39

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  • The 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago | March 3, 2012

    Episode 45: An Interview with Luis Urrea by Jessica Anthony

    Luis Alberto Urrea's fourteen books include The Devil's Highway and Beside the Lake of Burning, and prize-winning poetry books, Fever Dreams and Ghost Sickness. Awards include the Kiriama Pacific Rim Prize and American Book Awards. He is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Illinois, Chicago.

    Published Date: July 25, 2012
    Duration: 00:29:09

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 3, 2012

    Episode 44: Academy of American Poets Presents Nikky Finney and Lyn Hejinian

    The Academy of American Poets presents an event featuring two prestigious poets, Nikky Finney and Lyn Hejinian, who will be reading their own work.

    Published Date: July 11, 2012
    Duration: 00:59:18

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  • International Ballroom South, Hilton Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 43: Finding Home - Immigrant Voices in American Literature

    The session will involve readings and discussion with three leading authors who will illuminate how immigrant writings have influenced American literature and culture over the last fifty years.

    Published Date: June 28, 2012
    Duration: 01:03:47

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  • This interview occurred at the 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 42: An Interview with Kathleen Graber by Brian Brodeur

    Kathleen Graber's second collection of poems, The Eternal City, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critic's Circle Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. She teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Published Date: June 20, 2012
    Duration: 00:29:46

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 41: A Reading and Conversation with Jaimy Gordon and Rebecca Skloot

    A reading and conversation by best-selling authors Jaimy Gordon and Rebecca Skloot. The conversation will be moderated by critic and editor Donna Seaman.

    Published Date: June 6, 2012
    Duration: 00:29:46

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 1, 2012

    Episode 40: Nikki Giovanni: A Cave Canem Legacy Conversation

    Called the Princess of Black Poetry in her early career, Nikki Giovanni has for four decades engaged deeply with the political and the personal. A popular poet whose versatile work inspires and challenges both adults and youth, she has received over twenty honorary degrees and numerous literary awards. Following Ms. Giovanni's brief reading, Thomas Sayers Ellis will conduct a wide-ranging conversation with the distinguished poet who declares, "Writing is... what I do to justify the air I breathe."

    Published Date: May 30, 2012
    Duration: 01:08:27

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 39: National Book Critics Circle Celebrates Award-Winning Authors

    A reading by Bonnie Jo Campbell (AWP Prize, 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Fiction), Jennifer Egan (2011 National Book Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), Jane Smiley (1992 National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), Darin Strauss (2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction), and Isabel Wilkerson (2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction and Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism).

    Published Date: May 16, 2012
    Duration: 00:51:57

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  • International Ballroom North & South, Hilton Chicago | March 2, 2012

    Episode 38: A Reading and Conversation with U.K. and U.S. Poets Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Levine, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

    The Poetry Foundation presents a reading and conversation by the current United Kingdom and United States poets laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Levine. The event will be introduced and moderated by Poetry magazine senior editor, Don Share.

    Published Date: May 9, 2012
    Duration: 01:34:07

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  • Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre | March 1, 2012

    Episode 37: 2012 Keynote Address by Margaret Atwood

    Keynote Address. Sponsored by Roosevelt University MFA in Creative Writing.

    Published Date: May 2, 2012
    Duration: 00:27:22

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 3, 2011

    Episode 36: Academy of American Poets Presents Charles Wright.

    A reading featuring readings by an award winning poet, Charles Wright. Presented by the Academy of American Poets. (Tree Swenson, Charles Wright)

    Published Date: October 19, 2011
    Duration: 0:27:28

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  • Grand Ballroom East, Hilton | February 2, 2008

    Episode 35: Poets in the Sheep Meadow Fold

    Celebrated poets from the catalogue of Sheep Meadow Press, including publisher Stanley Moss, will read from some of their recent works. Poets will include John Ashbery reading his translations of the great, recently deceased, French poet Pierre Martory, Christopher Bakken, Suzanne Gardinier, Hermine Pinson, and Yerra Sugarman.

    Published Date: October 12, 2011
    Duration: 1:08:29

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  • Delaware Suite Room, Marriott Wardman Park | February 5, 2011

    Episode 34: Like It's Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading & Discussion

    The Civil War is the single most consequential event in the history of our country, and the single most resonant. Even now, it preoccupies American poets. The panelists will read from their work and discuss the fraught lineage into which they have placed themselves. (Sally Dawidoff, Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, Kevin Young)

    Published Date: October 5, 2011
    Duration: 1:05:45

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  • Metropolitan East, Sheraton | February 2, 2008

    Episode 33: A Reading by Cynthia Ozick & Phillip Lopate

    Sponsored by The University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Readings by Cynthia Ozick and Phillip Lopate. Introductions by Philip Gerard and Rebecca Lee.

    Published Date: September 28, 2011
    Duration: 1:08:02

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  • Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 9, 2010

    Episode 32: The Southern Review 75th Anniversary Reading

    Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren at Louisiana State University, the Southern Review celebrates seventy-five years of publishing the best contemporary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by the world's most accomplished writers. (Jeanne Leiby, David Kirby, Sydney Lea, Steve Almond, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Beth Ann Fennelly)

    Published Date: September 21, 2011
    Duration: 1:12:32

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  • Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 9, 2010

    Episode 31: Translation as Collaboration / Collaboration as Translation

    We will consider the ways in which translation is a collaborative practice, both between the author (living or deceased) and translator and also among co-translators. We will also consider how collaborative work often involves acts of translation. Is collaboration always already translational? Is translation always necessarily collaborative? The panelists work both as translators and poets. They have collaborated variously with one another and will discuss intersections among these projects. (Amaranth Borsuk, Mira Rosenthal, Lara Glenum, Gabriela Jauregui, Kate Durbin)

    Published Date: September 14, 2011
    Duration: 0:50:35

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  • Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 8, 2010

    Episode 30: A Connoisseur of Waves--Dave Hickey, MacArthur Fellow in Art and Cultural Criticism

    Sponsored by University of Nevada Las Vegas. A world-class writer about art and culture reads from his cutting-edge Connoisseur of Waves, essays on art and democracy. Author of seven books, and recently featured in Newsweek as an iconoclastic voice in contemporary art, Hickey is always engaging, provocative, and highly acclaimed for his mastery of the language. (Douglas Unger, Dave Hickey)

    Published Date: September 7, 2011
    Duration: 0:37:13

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  • Diplomat Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 3, 2011

    Episode 29: Moby Dick's Descendants: A Cross-Genre Reading of Works Inspired by the Great American Novel

    Melville's Moby-Dick or, The Whale, considered by many to be the Great American Novel, has inspired numerous writers over the last 160 years. The three distinguished writers on this panel have each written works in conversation with Melville's: Dan Beachy-Quick's A Whaler's Dictionary, Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel, and Alan Michael Parker's A Tale of a Whale. These novelists and poets will read and then discuss her/his relationship to the 19th century classic. (Marci Johnson, Alan Michael Parker, Dan Beachy-Quick, Sena Jeter Naslund)

    Published Date: August 31, 2011
    Duration: 0:59:57

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 3, 2011

    Episode 28: The PSA Presents: A Reading and Interview with Stephen Dunn

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Dunn will read his poetry, followed by an interview with Poetry Society of America Programs Director Robert N. Casper.

    Published Date: August 25, 2011
    Duration: 1:05:06

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 4, 2011

    Episode 27: Cisneros and Santos Uncensored: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros and John Phillip Santos

    Sponsored by the Macondo Writers' Workshop. Two amigos talk about the (very) personal and political. They will say things that they've never said before in public or in print.

    Published Date: August 17, 2011
    Duration: 1:11:26

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 4, 2011

    Episode 26: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Poetry Reading

    To celebrate Michael Collier's first ten years editing the poetry series at HMH, five of his authors will read. Hudgins will moderate. Michael, a professor at the University of Maryland, also directs the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Under his editorship, the press has produced a National Book Award Finalist, and won three Kingsley Tufts Awards, the Poets' Prize, a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. (Andrew Hudgins, Linda Gregerson, Rodney Jones, Maurice Manning, Leslie Harrison)

    Published Date: August 10, 2011
    Duration: 0:57:18

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  • Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 10, 2010

    Episode 25: The Past Is Another Country: Writing Historical Fiction

    The appeal of combining history and storytelling is evident in the popularity of historical fiction and films. But this is an uneasy union, much debated by historians. Three historical novelists share their ideas on the processes, ethics, and challenges of this genre, including doing research and transforming data intro drama, the ethics of key decision-making processes, and the special challenges of writing historicals set in Non-Western cultures. (Cynthia Mahamdi, Philip Gerard, Ron Hansen)

    Published Date: August 3, 2011
    Duration: 1:13:40

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  • Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 9, 2010

    Episode 24: A Reading and Conversation with Rita Dove

    Sponsored by The Poetry Foundation. Rita Dove reads from her work. The reading is followed by a conversation with poet Kyle Dargan.

    Published Date: July 27, 2011
    Duration: 1:23:33

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  • Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 8, 2010

    Episode 23: Writing on the Margins: Community Outreach in Shelters and Correctional Facilities

    This panel offers strategies for expanding outreach programs to shelters and correctional facilities. Coordinators from University of Notre Dame, The Denver Writing Project, and Eastern Washington University will speak to the rewards and challenges of working with these traditionally under-served populations, and share procedures for launching similar programs. We share the philosophy that creative writers can affect social change by bringing literature to the margins of our communities. (Christopher Arnold, Nicole Piasecki, Sami Schalk, Ryan Downey, Ross Carper)

    Published Date: July 20, 2011
    Duration: 1:03:34

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  • 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC. | February 4, 2011

    Episode 22: Southern Comfort from a Plastic Cup: A Conversation with Dorianne Laux by Brian Brodeur

    Dorianne Laux's fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon, is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award. Laux is also author of Awake; What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award; and Smoke. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, will be published by W.W. Norton in February, 2011.

    Published Date: July 13, 2011
    Duration: 0:32:48

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 3, 2011

    Episode 21: A Reading and Conversation with Rae Armantrout

    Sponsored by Wesleyan University Press. Ron Silliman said, "trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. What's inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that it appears perfectly do-able. But the stones are so hard & their edges so chiseled that the instant you begin they'll start to rip your insides apart." Join us as Rae reads from Money Shot, her follow up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Versed, also recipient of the NBCC Award, followed by a conversation with poet and critic, Craig Teicher.

    Published Date: July 6, 2011
    Duration: 1:00:06

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  • 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC. | February 4, 2011

    Episode 20: No One Here Ever Wishes You Happiness: A Conversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil by Brian Brodeur

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the prize-winning poetry collections, Miracle Fruit and At the Drive-In Volcano and the forthcoming Lucky Fish, all from Tupelo Press. Other awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She is Associate Professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she received the Hagan Award and the SUNY-wide Chancellor's Medal.

    Published Date: June 29, 2011
    Duration: 0:37:30
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  • Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 8, 2010

    Episode 19: The Real and the Imagined: Easing the Boundaries Between Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

    (Ofer Ziv, Cornelius Eady, Danzy Senna, Michael Thomas, David Shields) The task of writing one's life into a narrative, fictional and nonfictional, helps with our exploration of personal identity, the search for self, and our understanding of the world. These sharp and humane authors traverse freely from memoir to fiction and poetry. Through their cross-genre investigation we see what is gained and what is lost in writing the narrative from the perspective of each form—and that what ultimately drives the search is imagination itself. Come listen as panelists ease the boundaries of genre, delving into issues of race, poverty, the urban community, marriage, and divorce, while incorporating the past, both theirs and not theirs, both real and imaginary, into their writings.

    Published Date: June 22, 2011
    Duration: 1:13:48
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  • Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Wardman Park | February 5, 2011

    Episode 18: A Reading and Conversation with Amy Hempel and Gary Shteyngart

    Sponsored by The George Washington University. Amy Hempel is a recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the Academy of Arts and Letters. Her Collected Stories was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times, and won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. She teaches at Harvard University and Bennington College. Gary Shteyngart's first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was a national bestseller. He was named to both Granta's Best Young American Novelists and the New Yorker's Top 20 Writers Under 40 in 2010. Following the reading, the authors will participate in a live conversation with novelist and critic Thomas Mallon.

    Published Date: June 15, 2011
    Duration: 1:21:39

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  • Regency Ballroom, Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 5, 2011

    Episode 17: How a Poem Happens: Five Poets Explore How Their Poems Were Made

    Each of the five poets on this panel (Brian Brodeur - moderator, Bob Hicok, Dorianne Laux, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Eric Pankey, Adrian Blevins) will explore the making of one of their poems from genesis to publication. Each poet, who has been featured on the popular weblog How a Poem Happens, will discuss their own process of poetic composition, addressing the following questions: How was this poem initiated? How did it arrive at its final form? Were any principles of technique consciously employed? What is American about this poem? Was it finished or abandoned? For more information, please visit the blog.

    Published Date: June 8, 2011
    Duration: 1:02:23

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  • 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC. | February 4, 2011

    Episode 16: You Still Want the People to Dance: A Conversation with Terrance Hayes by Brian Brodeur

    Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, Wind in a Box, and Muscular Music, as well as other books of poetry. Hayes is the recipient of many honors and awards including a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a National Poetry Series award, a Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry selection, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a grant from the Guggenheim Foudation.

    Published Date: June 1, 2011
    Duration: 0:39:52

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  • Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Wardman Park | February 4, 2011

    Episode 15: A Reading by Junot Diaz

    Sponsored by Georgia College & State University / Arts & Letters. Junot Diaz was born in 1968 in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize; the National Book Critics Circle Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Diaz has been awarded the Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Reader's Digest Award, the 2002 PEN/Malamud Award, the 2003 U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948), and Nancy Allen Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Published Date: May 25, 2011
    Duration: 0:35:13

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  • 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC. | February 4, 2011

    Episode 14: Light, the Common Denominator: A Conversation with Eric Pankey by Brian Brodeur

    Eric Pankey, the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University, is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008.

    Published Date: April 26, 2011
    Duration: 0:41:59

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  • 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC. | February 4, 2011

    Episode 13: Borg Poetics: A Conversation with Adrian Blevins by Brian Brodeur

    Adrian Blevins's The Brass Girl Brouhaha won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award and the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction. A new book, Live from the Homesick Jamboree, is just out from Wesleyan. Blevins teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

    Published Date: April 22, 2011
    Duration: 0:39:27

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  • Wilson A, B, & C Room, Marriott Wardman Park | February 4, 2011

    Episode 12: Conference 2011 Advice to Grantseekers from the National Endowment for the Arts

    Staff members from the Literature Division of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will address your questions and provide a status update on agency policies, programs, and initiatives that can have an impact on individuals and arts organizations. Topics covered will include grant opportunities and their deadlines, eligibility, applying online, the review process, and tips for more effective proposals.

    Published Date: March 11, 2011
    Duration: 00:56:11

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  • Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 9, 2010

    Episode 11: Conference 2010 A Reading by George Saunders & Etgar Keret, Sponsored by Wilkes University Low Residency MA/MFA Program in Creative Writing in association with Blue Flower Arts

    A Reading by George Saunders & Etgar Keret. Presenters: George Saunders and Etgar Keret.

    Published Date: October 8, 2010
    Duration: 1:08:53

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  • Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 9, 2010

    Episode 10: Conference 2010 Honoring the Sandhill Crane Migration Annual Literary Tribute

    UNK hosts the Honoring the Sandhill Crane Migration Literary Retreat on the Platte Valley, naming participating writers as Literary Crane Fellows annually. Sandhill Cranes have migrated to this spring apex for sixty million years, thus, traditionally, numerous indigenous eco-philosophies and languages, including written, were justly influenced. The regional apex numbers 600,000 arriving birds. Each panelist will speak toward and share their work as a Crane Fellow in this unique regional miracle. Presenters: Allison Hedge Coke, Sherwin Bitsui, Cristina Eisenberg, Wang Ping, Travis Hedge Coke, Laura Tohe.

    Published Date: September 24, 2010
    Duration: 1:09:59

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  • Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver | April 8, 2010

    Episode 9: Conference 2010 CLMP Keynote Address-Small Press Heaven: Poetics from the Floating World.

    Performer, professor, editor, cultural activist, and author of over forty books of poetry, Anne Waldman discusses her storied history with independent publishers (with a special-guest musical accompaniment on Japanese bamboo flute!). Presenters: Jeffrey Lependorf and Anne Waldman.

    Published Date: July 12, 2010
    Duration: 0:46:09

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  • Grand Ballroom East, Hilton New York Hotel | January 31, 2008

    Episode 8: Conference 2008 Shaping a Short Story Collection

    Short story collections are notoriously hard to get published. Editors complain that collections don't sell. Agents ask for a novel. Magazine articles regularly proclaim that the short story itself is dead. And yet, every year new short story collections come out, win awards, and generate buzz. Some have recurring characters, others are labeled "a novel in stories." Some center on a specific theme, while others are set in a particular location. What makes for a compelling short story collection? What is the best way to arrange the stories? How to develop an arch? The fiction writers on this panel have published one or more short story collections. They will attempt to answer the above questions by sharing their own experiences, discussing their favorite collections, and trying to identify some useful strategies. Presenters: Ellen Litman, Daphne Kalotay, Deb Olin Unferth, Steve Almond, and Brian Evenson.

    Published Date: October 8, 2009
    Duration: 0:57:14

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago Hotel | February 14, 2009

    Episode 7: Conference 2009 Switching Hats: When Poets Write Memoir

    These renowned writers traverse both in the genre of poetry and creative nonfiction. When poets write memoirs, with voices both similar and different to those in their poems, they go deeper into the narrative thread, remembering and telling, using the memoir as different mode of travel through the creative terrain. Please join us on a journey through faith and sexuality, race and addiction, and testimonies from war prisoners in this celebration of courage and versatility. Participants: Alison Granucci, Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forche, Donald Hall, and Honor Moore.

    Published Date: September 17, 2009
    Duration: 0:56:53

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Chicago Hotel | February 14, 2009

    Episode 6: Conference 2009 A Reading and Conversation with Charles Baxter

    A reading with award winning author Charles Baxter followed by a conversation between Charles Baxter and Allen Gee. Participants: Charles Baxter and Allen Gee.

    Published Date: September 4, 2009
    Duration: 1:11:52

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  • Empire Ballroom, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers | January 31, 2008

    Episode 5: Conference 2008 The Poetry of George Herbert: Five Takes by Five Poets

    Why does a self-effacing cleric of the 17th century continue to be so avidly read? Why does he speak to us today? From experimental to formal, from highly rhetorical to lyrical, from devotional to confessional, Herbert contains multitudes. Five poet-critics examine a range of poetry through the lens of the temporal, the formal, the devotional, the architectural, and the erotic. We intend to propose new readings of five poems to open a doorway to the past and reveal his contemporary relevance. Participants: David Baker, Linda Gregerson, Carl Phillips, Stanley Plumly, and Ann Townsend.

    Published Date: August 13, 2009
    Duration: 1:01:16

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  • Crystal Ballroom, Hilton Atlanta | March 3, 2007

    Episode 4: Conference 2007 Freedom to Write? Our Obligation to Protect Expression

    The AWP Conference Atlanta 2007 brings you Freedom to Write? Our Obligation to Protect Expression. Are writers being silenced around the world? Are our first amendment freedoms at risk here at home? How do current affairs affect the rights of writers to practice their craft? What is the role of self-censorship in a culture of real or imagined threats to freedom of expression? Join PEN America and PEN USA, the two United States centers of PEN for this discussion about the state of the Freedom to Write. International PEN has been defending the rights of writers around the world for eighty-five years. Moderator: Joanne Leedom-Ackerman. Related info: For more information, please visit the following sites: PEN American Center & PEN Center USA.

    Published Date: July 11, 2007
    Duration: 0:43:27

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  • Grand Ballroom, Hilton Atlanta | March 1, 2007

    Episode 3: Conference 2007 Keynote Address

    The AWP Conference Atlanta 2007's Keynote Address by Lee Smith: A Life in Books. Sponsored by Georgia College & State University/Arts & Letters/Flannery O'Connor Review. Related info: Address was printed in the September 2007 issue of The Writers' Chronicle.

    Published Date: July 3, 2007
    Duration: 0:35:49

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  • Grand Salon, Hilton Atlanta | March 2, 2007

    Episode 2: Conference 2007 Poetry Extravaganza part 2

    The AWP Conference Atlanta 2007 brings you Poetry Extravaganza. Poetry Extravaganza was hosted by the Academy of American Poets. The Academy of American Poets presents a reading by four leading American poets. This recording (part 2 of 2) contains readings from Marilyn Hacker and Thomas Lux, and features a closing by Tree Swenson. Readers: Marilyn Hacker, Thomas Lux. Related info: See podcast episode 1 for more of this event. Find out more about The Academy of American Poets by visiting their website at: http://www.poets.org/

    Published Date: May 30, 2007
    Duration: 0:32:45

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  • Grand Salon, Hilton Atlanta | March 2, 2007

    Episode 1: Conference 2007 Poetry Extravaganza part 1

    The AWP Conference Atlanta 2007 brings you Poetry Extravaganza. Poetry Extravaganza was hosted by the Academy of American Poets. The Academy of American Poets presents a reading by four leading American poets. This recording (part 1 of 2) contains readings from David Bottoms and Cornelius Eady, and features an introduction by Tree Swenson. Readers: David Bottoms, Cornelius Eady Related info: See podcast episode 2 for more of this event. Find out more about The Academy of American Poets by visiting their website at: http://www.poets.org/.

    Published Date: May 22, 2007
    Duration: 0:48:08

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