"I wanted to write in proximity to these lives because they are part of my community. So many of their anxieties were anxieties that I shared."
Will the crowd at the Fourth Street Festival be interested in slowing down, pulling up a chair and taking a listen to the performers at the Spoken Word Stage?
"You see this incredible blossoming in these young women, as writers and as girls who are really thoughtful, and who have something to say about the world."
"Rather than lamenting the loss of that older world," explains poet Maurice Manning, “I want to imagine its recreation.”
A look at what's in the headlines this week in local arts news.
A look at what's in the limelight this week in national arts news.
"A poet must transcend the climate in which he comes of age. Poetry must remain relevant. It must find what's essentially human."
The IU and Bloomington communities have a rare opportunity this month to hear Middle Eastern poetry the way it was meant to be heard.