poetry

Popaganda Episode: Growing Up Immigrant

When politicians and pundits talk about immigrants, they far too often use language that makes it seem like immigrants are… other. Not real Americans. Not able to be trusted. Their histories, experiences, and native languages, those should be pushed aside in favor of the “melting pot... Read more »

Poet Fatimah Asghar Speaks About Survival, Language, and Diaspora

Fatimah Asghar’s poetry is brutally beautiful. Her stanzas are heavy with pain yet buoyant with light. Read more »

The Avant-Pop Poetry of Julia Holter

On her gorgeous new album, boundary-pushing musician Julia Holter weaves electronic beats with poetic lyrics.  Read more »

Backtalk: A Fake Asian Poet & Matt Damon on Diversity

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the top pop culture stories of the week. Read more »

From Producer Salma Hayek, "The Prophet" Focuses on the Political Power of Poetry

Salma Hayek and Quvenzhané Wallis voice a brave mother and daughter in a new animated film that focuses on the political power of poetry. The film is based on a collection of 26 poems that Kahlil Gibran—the first Arab American poet—published in 1923.  Read more »

All That You Change Changes You: A Conversation with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

If you know anything about Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, you probably know she’s a tough femme whose work spans a wide and ever-growing range of conversations, topics, feelings, and experiences. Read more »

Why Do We Have So Few Mother-Daughter Stories?

There are several fascinating elements at play in poet Rachel Zucker’s new memoir MOTHERs, which came out in December from ... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: 20 Years of Sister Spit

  Feminist spoken word roadshow Sister Spit has been sporadically criss-crossing the nation for 20 years now, building community around radical writing, poetry, and films. The group started in 1994 as a Bay Area open mic night meant to... Read more »

Poets on Pop Culture: Three New Feminist Poetry Books that Deal With Reality TV, Shopping, and Rihanna

April is National Poetry Month, a perfect excuse to spend some time today reading some interesting new feminist poems. Read more »

A Great Artist Kills His Wife—Now She's Just a Quirky Footnote in His History

Poet Joan Vollmer was killed by her husband, William S. Burroughs, before she even turned 30.  This year is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of celebrated novelist William S. Burroughs. The date, as centenaries do, occasioned new biographies and appreciations. Read more »

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