National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, celebrates the women in attendance at the Women's Forum Global Meeting in this poem about a new dawn, breaking the silence of oppression, and paving the way for other women to do the same.
Brené Brown—a researcher and storyteller—talks about her first encounter with online criticism and how a quote from Theodore Roosevelt inspired her to continue her creative endeavors in spite of critics.
This poem is formatted as a report to Crazy Horse, a leader of the Lakota who died fighting to preserve the Native American way of life. A huge monument in honor of Crazy Horse is being built in South Dakota, close to Mt. Rushmore.
Vijay Seshadri—Pulitzer-prize-winning poet and the editor of the Paris Review—reads his poem, "Cliffhanging," in which someone is beset on all sides by worries, and yet consumed by ambivalence.
Irish poet and professor of poetry, Paul Muldoon, reads his new poem "The Plumber," which circles around social issues and how one's assumptions don't always align with reality.
Pulitzer-prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer reads his adapted short story, "It's a Summer Day." In the story, a writer named Arthur Less accepts a number of international invitations to avoid the impending wedding of his ex-boyfriend, Freddie.
Tracy K. Smith, an American poet laureate and Pulitzer-prize winning author, reads Aimee Nezhukumatathil's poem, "When I Am Six." The poem captures fond memories of childhood: running in the garden, the coppery taste of water from a hose, and sneakily gluing your mother's lipstick together.
Grain Chatten, frontman for the Irish post-punk band Fountain D.C, reads "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The poem centers on a windhover, otherwise known as a kestrel, gilding on the breeze.
A daughter of the segregated south, Barbara Jordan, keynotes the Democratic National Convention of 1976. It was America’s bicentennial, and Jordan was a voice born in one nation speaking to the hopes of a better nation to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices