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American Tensions Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice

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ISBN-10: 0981559387

ISBN-13: 9780981559384

Edition: 2011

Authors: William Reichard, Ted Kooser, Sherman Alexie, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New Village Press
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

William Reichard is the author of four collections of poetry:Sin Eater(Mid-List Press, 2010);This Brightness(Mid-List Press, 2007);How To(Mid-List Press, 2004), a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; andAn Alchemy in the Bones(New Rivers Press, 1999), which won a MN Voices Prize. Poems fromThis BrightnessandHow Tohave been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” Reichard has published one chapbook,To Be Quietly Spoken(Frith Press, 2001) and is the editor ofThe Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s(Univ. of MN Press, 2001). Reichard holds an MA in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in American Literature, both from the…    

Ted Kooser, former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In addition to his many volumes of poetry, he is the author ofThe Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poetsand coauthor (with Steve Cox) ofWriting Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing, both available in Bison Books editions. nbsp; Robert Hanna is a retired architect who spends his time painting, illustrating, and teaching art workshops throughout the Great Plains region.

Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October of 1966. His mother was Spokane Indian and his father was Coeur d'Alene Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born hydrocephalic, which means with water on the brain, and received an operation at the age of 6 months. He was not expected to survive, but did, even though doctors predicted he would live with severe mental retardation. Surprisingly, though he suffered from severe side effects, he exhibited no symptoms of retardation and went on to learn to read by age three, and read Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath by age five. Alexie decided to attend high school off the reservation, in Reardan,…    

Yusef Komunyakka's eleven books of poems include Thieves of Paradise, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

Poet Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1929. In 1951 she graduated from Radcliffe College and was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize by W.H. Auden. Rich married Harvard University economist Alfred H. Conrad in 1953. In 1966 she moved to New York City with her husband and three sons, where she became involved in sociopolitical activism. Rich began teaching for City College of New York in 1968, and was also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Swarthmore College and Columbia University School of the Arts. She taught in CUNY's basic writing program during the early 1970s. In 1970, Rich became estranged from her husband, who committed suicide later that…    

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