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.

EXPLORE Poets & Writers

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November 30, 2012 | Moyers & Company

Revealing the hidden world of ALEC — corporations and state legislators colluding to write laws and remake America, one statehouse at a time. Continue reading

Author Louise Erdrich at her store BirchBark Books in Minneapolis. May 2008. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)
November 19, 2012 | Blog
The Round House is Erdrich's fourteenth novel, and it was selected for the award from a high-profile group of finalists, including Junot Díaz and Dave Eggers. Erdrich's novel takes a look at injustice on Native American reservations.
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October 12, 2012

Photographer James Balog reads aloud “Ice Diamonds,” his poetic ode to glacier ice. Continue reading

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October 11, 2012 | Blog
Louise Erdrich, a guest on Bill Moyers Journal, is among the finalists.
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August 8, 2012 | Moyers & Company

Storyteller Luis Alberto Urrea talks with Bill about crossing borders of all kinds. Continue reading

Author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles. Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. December 1974. (AP File Photo)
August 2, 2012 | On Democracy

Michael Winship recalls a tense moment with the iconoclastic writer who died on Tuesday. Continue reading

still picture from the movie "The Thin Red Line" directed by Terrence Malick that includes four soldiers with rifles in hand. (AP Photo/HO Filmfest)
July 27, 2012

The novelist and Vietnam veteran chooses books that tell the ‘numbing, confusing, occasionally thrilling’ truth about combat. Continue reading

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July 11, 2012 | BillBoard
Bill recommends eight books to bring to the beach this summer — ranging from the studious to the sublime — by Moyers & Company guests.
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July 6, 2012

The writer behind Perfidious Proverbs talks with Bill and reads some of his poems. Continue reading

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July 3, 2012

Watch and listen as the honored poet reads from his works, including “A Simple Explanation for Everything.” Continue reading

Chuck D , from the group Public Enemy, performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. June 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
May 18, 2012 | Q&A

Author Jeff Chang on the history of hip hop and revolutionary rap music. Continue reading

Studs Terkel celebrating his 1985 Pulitzer Prize at his office. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)
May 16, 2012 | Blog
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer would have been 100 years old today. Bill Moyers reflects on his friend in this classic clip.
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May 8, 2012 | Blog

Watch an unexpectedly candid and comprehensive 2004 interview with the Where the Wild Things Are creator. Continue reading

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May 4, 2012

In memories and photos, Urrea introduces us to his great aunt Teresa “Teresita” Urrea, a legendary 19th century Mexican figure. Continue reading

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May 4, 2012 | Moyers & Company

Storyteller Luis Alberto Urrea talks with Bill about crossing borders of all kinds. Continue reading

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