Fires in the Hearth

Poet Afaa M. Weaver explores his ancestors’ ability to maintain loving structures despite the pressures of slavery.


The next morning I was discussing My Bondage

Poetic Research

What started out as just wanting to make a few paintings of whales ultimately became an eight-year project, with still no end in sight.


Jill McDonough explores the pains–explicit and suppressed–suffusing early American culture.

At the Experimental Forest

The importance of clarity—of, as a white writer, being crystal clear about what I was saying, particularly in regard to indigenous languages and history—led me toward prose.

“The Dream” (1768, 1790) by Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson

Women poets were under-recognized experts and artists in the forms associated with their homes and neighborhoods, the realms where they held power and influence.

Five Poems

How did a nineteenth-century woman of means accomplish so much, unhampered and unassisted by a husband, and what sort of life did this strong-willed woman live?

My Father in the New World

Those Americans will, I am afraid, still fleece you. —John Keats in a letter to his brother George living in Louisville, Kentucky, 1819.


Sinéad Morrissey pays homage to revolution and to pattern-breaking, considered through a jigsaw puzzle mapping North America.

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