Poets & Poetry


Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

California Appoints Its First Latino Poet Laureate

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 1:27 pm

Juan Felipe Herrera.
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr,

We don't usually dabble in arts news, but we thought we'd pass along this piece of news from California, home to 13.7 million Latinos.

Gov. Edmund Brown has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as California's Poet Laureate. Herrera, 63, becomes the first Latino to be appointed to the position, which requires senate confirmation.

Here's how Brown's office described Herrera in its press release:

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Sun December 18, 2011
Arts & Culture

Poems for the Season...

Poet Laureate David Mason reads his poem, "The Soul Fox"
"Fox In Snow" acrylic by Jeff Ward; used with permission

Amidst the holiday tinsel and frenzy -- let's get relief with some low-tech poems, a good antidote!  KUNC’s Peter Johnson invited-in past and current poet laureates of Colorado for their gift of poetry.

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Sun September 25, 2011
Author Interviews

'My Dyslexia' Didn't Keep Poet From A Pulitzer

How did someone who didn't learn to read until he was 11 years old come to be a professional poet? The man who poses this question is also the one who can answer it. Host Audie Cornish talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Phil Shultz about his new memoir, My Dyslexia.


Sun August 14, 2011
Arts & Life

New Poet Laureate Philip Levine's 'Absolute Truth'

On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced that Philip Levine would be the next poet laureate of the United States.
Geoffrey Berliner

"The truth of poetry is not the truth of history," says Philip Levine, the newly-named poet laureate of the United States.

Levine is 83 years old. He grew up in Detroit, working at automobile factories in his youth, and published his first book of poetry in 1963, at the age of 38.

He went on to win the 1991 National Book Award for his collection What Work Is, and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for The Simple Truth. His appointment was announced by the Library of Congress on Wednesday.

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Sat March 26, 2011

Tennessee At 100: Forever 'The Poet Of The Outcast'

Even people who've never seen a Tennessee Williams play know his words — and the kinds of characters who speak them.

"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." — Blanche Dubois, in A Streetcar Named Desire.

"Stella! ... Stella!" — tough-guy Stanley Kowalski, filled with liquor and guilt, calling to his wife from the steamy streets of New Orleans in the same play.

Blanche is Stanley's sister-in-law, a faded Southern belle at once attracted to and repulsed by the brute.

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