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.
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
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)
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)
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)
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming discusses writing in the era of climate change – how we must join the sensual texture and discernment of poetry with the critical content of scientific writing to fully elucidate a rapidly changing world. (Full Audio, approx 1 hr 30 mins)
Eliza Griswold, author of the poetry and photography compilation I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan discusses the form, content and importance of this traditional women's folk poetry. (Full Audio, approx 20 mins )