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by Allen Ginsberg
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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey. Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem about consumer society's negative human values.

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by William Faulkner
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Here you can listen in on William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence.

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by Nikki Giovanni
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Nikki Giovanni reads and discusses excerpts from her latest of 27 books, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems.

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by Margaret Atwood
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After 30 years of fiction writing, Atwood is expert at engineering an extreme spin on ordinary life, and pushing the everyday world to its limits. Her talk includes two readings from her latest novel, Oryx and Crake…

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Learn about a leaning progrm called The Brain Gym®

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by Tony Cascardi
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A new prose reading series hosted by English department faculty Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams, and featuring distinguished prose writers from the Bay Area.

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by Alice Walker
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple and one of the most prominent novelists of her generation, Alice Walker is also a bestselling non-fiction writer whose work has been widely praised.

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by Robert Pinsky
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Join award-winning author and poet, Robert Pinsky, and Emerson scholars, Richard Geldard and David M. Robinson, in celebrating the bicentennial of Ralph Waldo Emerson with a live reading from famous American essays including Self-Reliance, The Oversoul and The American Scholar.

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by William Burroughs
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First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining.

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by Russell Banks
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Fans of prolific fiction writer Russell Banks will find great comfort hearing his voice bring his writing to life. Viewers unfamiliar with Banks vivid yet stark descriptions will enjoy this new discovery.

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