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WATCH: Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’

Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, read an original work at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. After Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, Gorman read “The Hill We Climb,” building on a tradition of poets — including Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco — who have read for incoming Democratic presidents.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

James Baldwin – The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity (An Excerpt)

Part of a talk given at the Community Church in New York in 1963. You can now listen to the whole thing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU0g5fAA2QY


The Poe Museum

Richmond, VA

ADA LIMÓN

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Read abour out new US Poet Laureate Ada Limon!

WATCH: Arinze Ifeakandu and Brandon Taylor on Queer Love in Fiction

In the nine exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria in Arinze Ifeakandu’s God’s Children Are Little Broken Things , a man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then.


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