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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January 18, 2013

Poet Martín Espada joins Bill to read from his work and talk about how poets “reach out and put our hands on the intangible.” Continue reading

January 17, 2013 | Book Club
Selected excerpts from his third autobiography about Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln's second inauguration
January 17, 2013

Espada reads the poem he wrote to honor his good friend, historian and activist Howard Zinn. Continue reading

Composite image of books audiences picked for President Obama to read.
January 11, 2013 | Book Club
Bill asked what books you'd recommend Obama read as he embarks on his second term. View a list of the top suggestions.
Composite image. Right: President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks about the fiscal cliff, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. The president said it appears that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff is "in sight," but says it's not yet complete and work continues. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  Left: Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet who will read an original work at Obama's second inauguration in January 2013.
January 11, 2013 | Blog
Blanco will be the first Latino and first gay poet to read at a presidential inauguration. He will also be the youngest.
Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III poses for a portrait on the roof of his apartment building in the Brooklyn borough of New York. October, 2001. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)
January 10, 2013 | Blog
The economist and New York Times columnist joins Bill in the studio today to talk about why our top priority should be getting America back to work.
December 28, 2012 | Moyers & Company

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz straddles two cultures while telling the story of America’s past and future. Continue reading

December 21, 2012

Lincoln Screenwriter Tony Kushner talks about what we can learn from the life and decisions of America’s 16th president. Continue reading

December 21, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz describes how his first visit to a library astonished and inspired him. Continue reading

December 21, 2012

In this web-only video, screenwriter Tony Kushner and Bill Moyers discuss what draws us to examine Abraham Lincoln again and again. Continue reading

December 20, 2012 | Book Club
From the short story "Otravida, Otravez"
December 18, 2012 | Book Club

See how the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao answered your great questions. Continue reading

President Barack Obama holds up a book that he was give by author and keynote speaker Eric Metaxas at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. February 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 17, 2012 | Book Club

What one book would you tell the president to read going into his second term? Continue reading

December 14, 2012

Poet and former publishing executive James Autry shares his poems with Bill and discusses his and his wife Sally’s experiences raising an autistic child. Continue reading

December 14, 2012

Poet James Autry reads and talks about Leaving Mississippi and Ronald’s Dance. Continue reading

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