A Conversation with Mike Rose – PT I

Kirsten Ogden
November 2, 2015
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The first interview in a series about the intersections of writing, teaching, & identity  Mike Rose is the son of working class Italian-immigrant parents who settled in South Los Angeles in the 1950s. Rose, a long-time advocate for underrepresented students in…

Exxon Vs. Biophilia

Karen Malpede
November 1, 2015
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By Karen Malpede The news broke in October, during the lead up to the Paris Cop21. Exxon’s scientists investigated the effects of burning fossil fuels in the 1970ies and 80ies. Well-funded and highly skilled, they came carefully to the conclusion…

Trick-or-Poem: A Halloween List

Dora Malech
October 31, 2015
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So many of my favorite poems aim to unsettle or conjure or raise the dead. There are, of course, the truly classic Halloween go-to poems like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market,” but…

Lowell, Bishop, Berryman

Cody Walker
October 31, 2015
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In today’s New York Times, Christopher Isherwood reviews Dear Elizabeth, a play by Sarah Ruhl that tracks the friendship (mostly epistolary) of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Isherwood writes something near the end of his review that caught my attention:…

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