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The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, May 16, 2021
"Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone." –Adrienne Rich, born May 16, 1929.
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The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, May 15, 2021
"The Dyings have been too deep for me, and before I could raise my heart from one, another has come." –Emily Dickinson, died May 15, 1886.
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The Writer's Almanac - Friday, May 14, 2021
“It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning,” and “To love makes one solitary.” – quotes from “Mrs Dalloway” published May 14, 1925.
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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, May 13, 2021
The first American colony, Jamestown, was founded on this day 1607 in the territory of the Powhatan Algonquian people.
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The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
“Writing, getting something down on the page, is a gratification that, like a child faced with a candy bar and an empty stomach, I have trouble postponing.” –Rosellen Brown, 1939
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, May 11, 2021
It was on this day in the year 868 A.D. that the Diamond Sutra was printed. It is the world's oldest book bearing a specific date of publication.
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The Writer's Almanac - Monday, May 10, 2021
It's the birthday of Suzan-Lori Parks (1963), the first African-American playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, for her play Topdog/Underdog in 2002.
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The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, May 9, 2021
It’s the 100th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mona Van Duyn (1921). She said, "I believe that good poetry can be as ornate as a cathedral or as bare as a pottingshed, as long as it confronts the self with honesty and fullness.”
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The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, May 8, 2021
Poet and Zen practitioner Gary Snyder, was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930. His most recent book is one of essays, “The Practice of the Wild,” published in 2020.
5 minutes | 9 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Friday, May 7, 2021
Today is the birthday of Johannes Brahms (1833), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1876), and Robert Browning (1812).
5 minutes | 10 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, May 6, 2021
On this day in 1935 Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration. The WPA employed 8.5 million out-of-work people on 1.4 million individual projects.
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The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Nellie Bly was born May 5th, 1864. She reinvented investigative journalism with her exposé on life in a New York asylum, to which she got herself committed for ten days.
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Horace Mann was born this day in 1796. An advocate of public education and an opponent of slavery, he said, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
5 minutes | 13 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Monday, May 3, 2021
It’s the birthday of poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton (1912). Her memoir “Journal of a Solitude” (1973) has been called “the watershed in women’s autobiography.”
5 minutes | 14 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, May 2, 2021
Almost 500 years later we’re still talking about her. On this day in 1536 Anne Boleyn was arrested and imprisoned for high treason, incest, and adultery.
5 minutes | 15 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, May 1, 2021
The author of the novel “Catch-22” Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1923.
5 minutes | 16 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Friday, April 30, 2021
It’s the birthday of writer Annie Dillard (1945). She read voraciously as a child and has said, “I opened books like jars.” Her latest is “The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New” (2016).
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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, April 29, 2021
American soldiers liberated 30,000 prisoners from a concentration camp in Dachau, Germany on this date in 1945. It was the first concentration camp the Nazis established.
5 minutes | 18 days ago
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Today marks the birth of Harper Lee in 1926. Her book “To Kill a Mockingbird” won the Pulitzer Prize and introduces many young people to the harsh realities of racism in America.
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Playwright August Wilson was born on this day in 1945. For decades he brought black voices to the stage, and this past year his play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released as a film.
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