Poets House

2015: A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston (Full Audio)

Recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Maxine Hong Kingston reads from her work and discusses fact vs fiction, and how her writing travels beyond the boundaries of genre.
(Full Audio: approx 1 hour 15 mins)

2015: Seeking the Glyph and The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

Poet, artist, and The Fugs co-founder Edward Sanders discusses his glyphic works and personal archive, dating from the 1960's, which includes hand-drawn glyphs, ephemera, magazine layouts, daybooks, and The Fugs album covers, on view as part of Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai and Bruce Weigl read "The Secret of Hoa Sen"

Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses the family-related source of the title poem of her latest collection The Secret of Hoa Sen. The collection's co-translator poet Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese.
Approx 3 mins.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai and Bruce Weigl read "The Poem I Can't Yet Name"

Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses Vietnam's history and her family's connection to the Great Hunger of 1945, background to her "The Poem I Can't Yet Name." Co-translator Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese.
Approx 5 mins.

2015: Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Bruce Weigl

Award-winning Vietnamese poet, journalist and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai, reads from and discusses her latest book, The Secret of Hoa Sen with its co-translator Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of thirteen poetry collections, Bruce Weigl.
In English and Vietnamese. Approx 1/2 hour

2012: Philip Levine on what inspires him

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks about the sources of his poetic inspiration
(Approx 4 minutes)

2012: L. S. Asekoff and Philip Levine on re-inspiring poets

As part of their Witter Bynner Fellowship reading, poet-teachers L S Asekoff and Philip Levine council a young writer on how to reignite the fires of her poetic inspiration.
(Approx. 5 minutes)

2012: Philip Levine on teaching poetry

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about being a student of great teachers, and his experiences as a teacher himself (Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio")
(Approx 6 minutes)

2012: Philip Levine on contemporary Detroit

As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about the changes to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
(Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio")
(Approx 3 1/2 minutes)

2012: Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L. S. Asekoff and Philip Levine (Full Audio)

Poet L S Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry, reads from his work followed by a conversation and Q & A with former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine (who selected Asekoff for the fellowship) moderated by Robert Casper, Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. Introduction by Poets House's Stephen Motika
(Full Audio, Approx 1 hour, 5 mins)

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