Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130104, 20120622
Tony Barnstone, son of poet, translator, and scholar Willis Barnstone and visual artist Elli Barnstone, was surrounded by great works of art, literature, and philosophy as a child, and like his sister, Aliki, followed in his father’s footsteps. The author of four collections of poetry, The Golem of Los Angeles, Sad Jazz: Sonnets, and Impure, Barnstone reads from his work and focuses on his 2009 book, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki. This collection of dramatic monologues draws from history, pulp fiction, and pop culture to tell imagined stories about characters struggling with historical events, challenging readers to connect with what unites and makes us human.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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