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Black Women Making History
Black Women Making History

Ashley August Isn't Afraid of Rejection

We talked to the actress and award-winning poet about how her bumpy road to stardom empowered her to be even more unapologetically black.
Alexis P. Williams
2.15.18
poetry
poetry

“Children Wander Aimlessly Poisoned by Cocaine”: Real Poets Workshop Roy Moore’s Poetry

The wild fringe Republican who's likely to become a US Senator from Alabama has said a lot of crazy things. He also writes poetry.
Eve Peyser
9.28.17
poetry
poetry

A Queer Black Poet's Quest for Liberation

Aziza Barnes​ tells us about her journey to find herself in a country ruled by tired notions of race and gender.
Alexis P. Williams
6.3.17
Books
Books

This Bike Poet Delivers Dreams to Your Doorstep

For $45, Mathias Svalina's Dream Delivery Service will bring you custom-written poems straight from his subconscious.
Blake Butler
4.5.17
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE

One Bottle of Peppermint Schnapps with Patricia Lockwood

Lockwood is an accomplished poet who can draw a sharp line from geopolitics to dick jokes.
Lauren Oyler
4.3.17
Books
Books

Cowboy Poetry Is the American Art Form You've Never Heard Of

Cowboy poetry gatherings have been drawing thousands for decades, bringing together Americans from the left and right and all pastures in between.
Carson Vaughan
3.22.17
Stuff
Stuff

This Is Why You Probably Hate Slam Poetry, According to a Linguistic Scholar

It’s called “slam voice” and apparently most poets hate it too.
Jesse Donaldson
2.4.17
Books
Books

Immigrant Authors Are Making American Literature Great Again

Here are 12 of the best books of 2016 by immigrants to the US.
Matthew Salesses
12.28.16
Music
Music

Leonard Cohen's Literary Work Was as Essential as His Music

Leonard Cohen's musical catalog was robust and full of classics—but his literary work was no less essential to understanding his art.
Michael Barron
11.11.16
Music
Music

What Sun Ra's Poetry Can Teach Us About Afrofuturism

"What I would like to see is a scholarly edition of his poems," says the author of a new book on Sun Ra. "I think they're worthy of that treatment..."
Patrick Lyons
11.6.16
the vice reader
the vice reader

Bob Dylan Doesn't Need a Nobel Prize

The winner never pleases everyone, but it's at least a chance to remind the larger public that serious literature exists, and to give one person a nice boost in book sales.
Hanson O'Haver
10.13.16
Stuff
Stuff

This Radical Feminist Poem Is Now a Giant-Ass Art Installation

The explosive poem inspired by Eileen Myles's run for president arrives just in time for the election.
Allie Conti
10.10.16