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Ellen Hinsey

A Concise Biography of Tyranny

by Ellen Hinsey | Apr 16, 2019 | Poetry

Ellen Hinsey is a Paris-based poet, translator, and political thinker in the tradition of Hannah Arendt. Her four books of poetry are Cities of Memory, a winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, The White Fire of Time, Update on the Descent, and The Illegal Age (2018), which explores themes of fascism and unraveling democracy. […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Exploited as Clickbait and Outrage Porn Magnet

by Patricia Roberts-Miller | Apr 2, 2019 | Media

We are now at the point where, if a second assistant to a dog-catcher in south-south-east Nowhere says something negative about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representative from New York, it’s news. And if a Democrat criticizes her, it’s going to be all over Facebook. At any given moment, there are political figures saying critical things about other […]

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The Twenty-Ninth Year


by Hala Alyan | Mar 14, 2019 | Poetry

Palestinian-American author and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan has, at 32, already published four acclaimed books of poetry, as well as a novel, Salt Houses, which won the Arab American Book Award for fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In depicting the roller-coaster ride of exile and nonstop adaptation to new worlds, the speaker in […]

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Incendiary Art

Emmett Till—Choose Your Own Adventure

by Patricia Smith | Feb 13, 2019 | Culture, Poetry

This month we begin a year of featuring dynamic American poets whose work often focuses on politics, race, injustice, fascism, war, and human rights, reminding us, as poet Ellen Hinsey asserts, that, “No individual poem can stop a war—that’s what diplomacy is supposed to do. But poetry is an independent ambassador for conscience: it answers […]

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The New Yorker

My Years With Mr. Shawn

by Jacob Brackman | Jan 27, 2019 | Culture

Dubbed the Gentle Despot of The New Yorker, William Shawn was the shy, strong-willed, nurturing and eccentric steward of America’s leading magazine and mentor to generations of the country’s most gifted writers. In this short account of his own time in Shawn’s orbit, written in January, 1993, the critic Jacob Brackman depicts Shawn’s unconditional support […]

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