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There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But there are people trying to make a difference for the millions of Americans who have the disease. Molly Meyer helps people living with Alzheimer’s rediscover lost memories, and create new ones through poetry.

Young Poet Takes Aim At Substandard Teaching

Oct 30, 2014
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

Nytesia Ross, a 19-year-old from Tyler, recently performed her original poem called "Teach Me" at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She was one of five winners of a nationwide poetry competition about the challenges that students face as they try to graduate from high school, and her poem was addressed to high school teachers. 

During Busy Holiday Season, Marvel At The Poetry Of Life

Nov 19, 2013

As the holiday season begins to escalate, commentator Rawlins Gilliland sees poetry all around us.


For all the Houston versus Dallas bickering today, the two cities do have something in common. We drive. A lot. Last night at UT Dallas’ CentralTrak gallery space, three Texas poets defined the Lone Star State by the journeys it requires.

Yale University Library.

There’s a brand new poem to add to Juneteenth celebrations this year. It’s a previously unknown work by the country’s first published black writer, Jupiter Hammon. UT Arlington grad student Julie McCown, uncovered the handwritten poem while looking for a specific piece of Hammon’s work. The piece, called “An Essay on Slavery," was buried in documents at the Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library in Connecticut.

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As the printed word falls into the digital abyss, what is to become of the legacies revolutionary writers prepare to leave? Andrei Codrescu is a celebrated poet and prolific author who lends his distinctive voice to NPR commentaries. He dives into his memoir Bibliodeath: My Archives (With Life in Footnotes) on Think at noon and 9 p.m.

Paisley Rekdal won the $10,000 Rilke Prize for her fourth book of poems, 'Animal Eye.' But as an NPR Newspoet, Rekdal wrote a spontaneous ode to the plight of then-departing NPR editor Rick Holter upon seeing a whiteboard strewn with pros and cons about a move. That poem is called "Should Rick Go To Texas?" He did, and he's now KERA's VP of News. Art&Seek's Jerome Weeks reports.