April 2014

Writers’ Reel: George Saunders on the Importance of Kindness

Back in 2013, author George Saunders gave a commencement speech to Syracuse University students that quickly went viral after The New York Times reprinted it. It has recently been published in book form, Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

Bookmark This: Kima Jones On Being an Emerging Voices Fellow

This week, 2013 Emerging Voices Fellow Kima Jones writes about her experience of moving away from family and friends to be a part of the Emerging Voices Fellowship. Jones shares what the fellowship meant to her, from working with her mentor poet Harryette Mullen to finding a literary community.
Read her take below:

Writers’ Reel: Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

Last Thursday, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez passed away at the age of 87.

Bookmark This: Susan Straight On Writing

Author Susan Straight, recent recipient of the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award, presented by The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, offers an honest portrayal of her own creative process for the Los Angeles Times.

Writers’ Reel: Watch This 52 Second Poem by Billy Collins

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, has been very vocal about using different mediums to bring poetry to the masses. In this video, director/animator Juan Delcan created beautiful, sparse images to accompany Collins's poem “The Dead.” This short film received a ZEBRA Prize for the Best Poetry Film of 2008. Take 52 seconds to celebrate National Poetry Month!   

Bookmark This: “How it Adds Up” by Poet Tony Hoagland

For National Poetry Month, we are featuring the poem “How It Adds Up” by Tony Hoagland. The piece is a beautiful exploration on the elusive nature of happiness.