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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)

2015: Creating the Future: Art and Climate Change with Alison Hawthorne Deming (Full Audio)

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)

Part of Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres

2014: Poetry & Memoir with Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso and Meghan O’Rourke (Full Audio)

Acclaimed cross-genre writers Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso, and Meghan O’Rourke address questions of how poetry and memoir tell different kinds of truths and more.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 45 mins)

Part of Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres

2014: Eliza Griswold on the Landay

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 )

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