Al Filreis

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Top 5 PoemTalk episodes

I am often asked to recommend my five favorite episodes of PoemTalk. I mean, there have been 158 of them since 2007, so naming five is a tall order. I’ve loved many of them. Found dozens of them so powerful—such a moving experience, even in the middle of my scrambling...

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Ferlinghetti & I on the Culture Gabfest

It was an honor to be asked to be part of this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest (which I have listened to since it started in something like 2005). I talked with Steve Metcalf and Dana Stevens about Lawrence Ferlinghetti and we listened to a performance of “Baseball Canto”: https://slate.com/podcasts/culture-gabfest/2021/03/the-woody-allen-scandal-reviewing-allen-v-farrow Enjoy the...

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Maury Povich & Connie Chung to endow Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House

I am thrilled and honored to announce that Maury Povich (College ’62) & Connie Chung have decided to make a significant gift to the Kelly Writers House to endow our annual Summer Workshop for Young Writers. The gift provides financial aid to support approximately half of the high school juniors and seniors who are selected...