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Ask Me Anything: Kaveh Akbar

“When I was around alcohol, I drank about my writing, not the other way around. Drying out allowed me to start putting words on paper again.”

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Q&A: Hanif Abdurraqib, Poet And MTV Cultural Critic

See if you can guess the worst spelling of his name by a Starbucks employee.

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Literary Indiana: Poets

Indiana’s greatest poets come from all walks of life.

Tony Styxx Spoken Word Poet
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Speaking Out

Three Indiana natives discuss art, inspiration, and spoken word poetry in Indianapolis.

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First Friday Newcomer: A Programmer Combines Code and Poetry

Joel Dart has worked with computer language since middle school, but in 2010, he decided to use it in a completely new way.

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2013 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Coming to Indy

“President Obama and Vice President Biden stood up to shake my hand,” says Blanco. “It was a true sign of respect for my work as a poet. I thought, ‘These guys have my back.'”

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Award-Baiting Play 'I and You' Now Playing at Phoenix Theatre

“The moral of it is very much related back to what Whitman is trying to teach—that everyone is a part of everything, everywhere,” says Katherine Shelton (Caroline). “No one really dies, because everyone lives.”

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Q&A: Marianne Boruch, Purdue's Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner

Poet Marianne Boruch has won other awards in the past, but nothing prepared her for the news that she’d won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry in the world. Boruch, who has been teaching at Purdue for nearly three decades, won the $100,000 award for her 2011 collection The Book of Hours. Nature-oriented poems dominate the collection, borne out of the extended periods Boruch spent in the woods over the past five years. Other poems in the collection depict people in more everyday settings, and some ruminate on poetry itself. As she prepared to leave for yesterday’s award ceremony at Claremont Graduate University in California, Boruch talked with IM about the award, her book, and great poetry.

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