Poets & Writers

“All important events in the world — whether admirable or monstrous — are always spearheaded in the realm of words,” said the late Czech author, playwright, political activist, and statesman Vaclav Havel. The intersection of literature and real life has always been a keen interest of Bill Moyers, who has invited many writers and poets to share their work and perspectives with him over the years.

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April 12, 2013

See and learn about Sherman Alexie’s favorite Native American poets. Continue reading

Vantage, Washington; the Columbia River crossing interstate 90
April 11, 2013
Poet Laura Da's work about driving through her birthplace, near Vantage, Wash., with her father, and the thoughts about family history the journey brings.
Sherman Alexie (Credit: Alton Christensen)
April 11, 2013

The National Book Award winner talks candidly about how his mental illness has influenced his work. Continue reading

Sherman Alexie (Credit: Alton Christensen)
April 11, 2013 | Book Club

Poet and writer Sherman Alexie joined us for a live chat earlier this year to answer your questions. Replay the chat to see him answer viewer questions about his poetry and books, his creative process and being Native American. Continue reading

April 11, 2013

In this web extra, Alexie reads his poem and describes how it evolved from idea to finished reflection. Continue reading

April 5, 2013

In this web extra, poet Kyle Dargan reads his poem about theft and desperation in hard economic times. Continue reading

April 5, 2013

Poet Kyle Dargan talks about his efforts to reconcile his disparate cultural environments through poetry. Continue reading

April 5, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Theologian James Cone and historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. King’s other dream: economic justice. Continue reading

John Grisham on Bill Moyers Journal in 2008
March 29, 2013 | Moyers Moments

The bestselling author tells Bill how our legal system deals out justice unevenly, with terrible consequences and cost. Continue reading

February 26, 2013

Martín Espada reads “Blessed Be The Truth-Tellers,” inspired by Jack Agüeros, a truth-telling Puerto Rican poet, fiction writer, playwright, community organizer, translator, and the first writer Espada ever met.

February 15, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Exploring the virus of money in our politics, and how we need to combat it. Continue reading

February 15, 2013

Poet Martín Espada talks about the sacrifices artists sometimes need to make, and what drives him to both poetry and activism.
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February 8, 2013 | Book Club

Browse selected books by Moyers & Company guests, and let us know which ones moved and inspired you. Continue reading

January 18, 2013

We check in with Haydil Henriquez, a young poet featured on Bill Moyers Journal in 2007 who was inspired by Martín Espada. Continue reading

January 18, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, joins Bill to make the case for common-sense reform that would bring the Senate back to serving democracy. Continue reading

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