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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 14 are listed below.
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Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.
After reading Susana Ferreira’s “Decriminalization: A Love Story,” listen to Lauren Frayer’s NPR report, “In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime,” and read Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times feature, “How to Win a War on Drugs.”
Watch 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient Vievee Francis discuss the challenges of being a woman from Detroit living in the woods, the craft of writing poetry, and how poetry continues to thrive in the modern day (video from Claremont Graduate University). Then, read Francis’s poems “The Beauty of Boys Is” and “On Leaving the Mountains and Coming to the City I Thought I Left for Good” from Issue 13, as well as her June 2017 Poetry Feature. Bonus: read Francis’s interview with contributor Sebastian Matthews in our November 2017 Poetry Feature.
Issue 14 contributors send word from near and far: Kirstin Allio’s dispatch from Providence, RI on motherhood and the noises of life; “The Hat,” Scott Laughlin’s dispatch from Budapest, Hungary; and Maria Terrone’s from the Colorado Rockies, Queens, Long Island City, Bannerman Island, and a New York railroad platform.
Over at The New York Times, Samantha Hunt reviews Josephine Rowe’s A Loving Faithful Animal, and Michael Mazur’s life and work is profiled.
Lashonda Katrice Barnett discusses her novel Jam! On the Vine with NPR’s Rachel Martin; read Interviews Editor Melody Nixon’s take in our Friday Reads column.
Nicholas Friedman discusses finding poetry in everyday life and reads his poem, “Not the Song but After” on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Ten questions (and answers) with Kenan Orhan: on inspiration, writing habits, and places that inspire in The Massachusetts Review.
John Freeman discusses finding, reading, and editing place-based literature around the world in an interview with literary magazine Words Without Borders.
Kirstin Allio discuss motherhood, childhood memories, and society’s fascination with religious cults with The Common’s editorial assistant Isabel Meyers.
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