Poetry

The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu September 19, 2013

'Buck' Tells A Poetic Modern Coming-Of-Age Story

Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante
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M.K. Asante grew up in what he calls "Killedelphia," bouncing in and out of schools, hanging out in gangs, and struggling with troubled parents. Discovering a love of writing opened his eyes to new opportunities. His new book, Buck: A Memoir follows his coming-of-age story growing up in Philadelphia (Spiegel & Grau, 2013).

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

From Gordon Gekko To Robert Frost

New River Breakdown by Terry L. Kennedy
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Author Terry Kennedy talks about his new book of poetry, 'New River Breakdown'

    

Terry Kennedy wanted nothing more than to become a business maven and take over the world when he was in college. Literature was for people with too much free time on their hands. But he gradually learned that he was terrible at business and passionate for creative writing. Kennedy's latest book of poetry is called “New River Breakdown” (Unicorn Press/2013).  

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mountain Poet Tackles Ode To NC

Cover of Lee Ann Brown's book of poetry, 'In The Laurels, Caught' (Fence Modern Poets Series/2013).
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Poet Lee Ann Brown talks to Frank Stasio about her two new books of Poetry

Lee Ann Brown splits her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina, but she has a special love for her southern home.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Carrboro Poet Laureate Bridges Past And Present

Jay Bryan speaking at the Carrboro Centennial.
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Carrboro Poet Laureate, Jay Bryan, reflects on towns history through his poetry

The small town of Carrboro was once a prominent mill town in the early to mid-1900s. But after all of the mills closed down and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continued to grow, the town became a haven to students and an evolving arts scene.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Poet Explores How Childlike "Boyishness" Exists Where You'd Least Expect It

The cover of Boyishly, a new book by Tanya Olson.
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English professor Tanya Olson discusses her first book of poems, 'Boyishly'

  Tanya Olson will tell you that being an eight-year-old child in the world allows you a lot of room to be whoever and whatever you want. You can be a whale, a man, a spaceship, and few will tell you otherwise. After that age though, the feeling doesn't necessarily go away. She explores that desire to transform in her first book of poems, "Boyishly" (YesYes Books, 2013). Tanya Olson is a poet and an English professor at Vance-Granville Community College.

The State Of Things
11:56 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Duke Professor Carries On Tradition Of Black Radical Poetry

Fred Moten
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Fred Moten grew up in a home and in a time where revolution was not portrayed as a romantic dream for the future, but a vital necessity for survival. He was raised in Las Vegas in the late '60s and '70s by a family who understood the need for change.

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The State of Things
10:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal

Senator Thom Goolsby, Republican, is the primary sponsor of a bill repealing the Racial Justice Act
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An in-depth look at the Racial Justice Act

This week the North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Also in the legislation are measures designed to restart executions, which have been unofficially on hold in the state since 2006.

Critics contend that eliminating the Racial Justice Act will prevent those unfairly sentenced to death because of racial bias from getting justice. More than 150 people in the state are awaiting execution.

Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County sponsored the legislation repealing the Racial Justice Act, and he said on The State of Things that the Act isn’t necessary.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Slam Poetry Festival Gives Voice To Area Students

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Louder Than a Bomb organizer Kelly Rae Williams and student poet Aaron Ashby give us a preview of the event

The Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam competition started in Chicago in 2001. Inspired by the competition and a documentary about it, local group Poet.she Female Performing Arts & Spoken Word decided to bring the competition to Greensboro.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Poet Draws From Life On The Reservation

Poet Natalie Diaz
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The poetry of Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz grew up on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation. While many of those around her struggled with the lack of opportunities, she saw basketball as her way out.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Ron Rash's Dark Stories From Appalachia

Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories is 'Nothing Gold Can Stay.'
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  Author Ron Rash has been chronicling the Appalachian way of life for nearly two decades. His poetry and fiction have earned him wide acclaim and a position alongside other esteemed writers from western North Carolina. He joins host Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss his latest book of short stories: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (HarperCollins/2013).

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