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A Newborn Girl at Passover

When Yael, the daughter of my friends Lisa and Aaron, was born, I wrote this poem for her.  She celebrates her twentieth birthday at the end of Passover this year. “A Newborn Girl at Passover” at the Academy of American Poets To … Continue reading

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Interview with Matthew Henerson

Matt is working on a film project with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), so I have Agreed to Not Disclose anything about it here.  But later on he’s planning to go down to San Diego to play Fluellen and the Archbishop … Continue reading

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Envy & Kindness

“Envy and Kindness” is the title of tonight’s USC MPW student-faculty reading.  This series, curated by Niree Perian, lands at LACMA’s Brown Auditorium tonight at 7:30 PM.  Reading will be faculty member Judith Freeman and students Richard Mathiasen, Leonard Pung, … Continue reading

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Applications are now open for the 2012 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

We’re taking applications now for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, which will be held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena, California, from Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27.  This is my tenth year directing … Continue reading

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The USC MPW Writing for Stage and Screen Festival

Three of our MPW students, Kevin Avery, Marlene Leach, and Tom Rastrelli, are having staged readings of their short dramatic writing this Friday and Saturday night at USC.  They’ve been working with directors, dramaturgs and actors as they prepare their … Continue reading

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Prufrock

  Putting this here so that I can show it to a class.

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Glenn Goldman

So sorry to hear this.  From Book Soup, an announcement of the death of the store’s founder, Glenn Goldman: We are proud to honor his memory by doing the thing he loved most: selling good books to good people. LA … Continue reading

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Inaugural Poet

It’s not news anymore that the wonderful Elizabeth Alexander will read a poem at Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20.  But today the New York Times has the scoop on what the inaugural poet will wear: an ensemble by a … Continue reading

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The Big Save Endangered Literature Challenge

Tupelo Press is running The Big Save Endangered Literature Challenge, a push to encourage readers to buy at least one book of poetry directly from Tupelo’s website: Because: if you order just one book from our website at list price (plus … Continue reading

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Felicia Brewer

Felicia Brewer–wife, mother, lawyer, raconteuse and kindhearted woman–died yesterday of a sudden illness at age 38, leaving her husband, John, and their two young daughters.  They are in my prayers and also very much in my thoughts.    After great … Continue reading

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