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

Luis Alberto Urrea and Bill Moyers
May 4, 2012

Replay our live chat about life on the border and immigration policy with writer Luis Urrea and border patrol agent Paul Wells. Continue reading

Teresa Urrea
May 4, 2012

Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest book follows the epic journey of his great-aunt Teresa Urrea from Mexico to turn-of-the-century industrial America. Continue reading

A Border Patrol agent stands on a ranch fence line with children taken into custody in South Texas brush country north of Laredo. June 2006. (AP /LM Otero)
May 4, 2012

Author Luis Alberto Urrea describes how meeting U.S. border patrol agents changed his views about them. Continue reading

April 27, 2012
Who's proving the most successful prophet?
People Reading . WMATA Blue Line (Franconia Bound) between Farragut West and Foggy Bottom Stations in NW Washington DC . Thursday afternoon, 26 May 2011 . Elvert Barnes Photography
April 24, 2012 | Blog

The American Library Association’s list of “most challenged” books inspired us to ask viewers for ones they consider most essential. Continue reading

April 19, 2012 | Blog
Monday's prize announcement inspired us to pull together a selection of video interviews with past Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, writers and poets.
April 13, 2012 | Moyers Moments

The esteemed poet travels with Bill to her childhood town of Stamps, Arkansas. Continue reading

poets in performance2
April 2, 2012

Watch some of America’s most acclaimed poets read from their works, as covered by Bill Moyers through the years. Continue reading

March 30, 2012 | The Language of Life with Bill Moyers (1995)

Acclaimed poets, including Rich, talk with Bill Moyers about poetry and modern life, and also read from their work. Continue reading

February 24, 2012

In two poems from his collection Every Riven Thing, the poet recalls images and moments from his West Texas youth. Continue reading

February 23, 2012

Bill talks with Poetry Magazine editor Christian Wiman about how being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer reignited his religious passion. Continue reading

February 23, 2012

Poet Christian Wiman reads from an essay about living with cancer, finding faith, and being sustained by family. Continue reading

Poet Samantha Thornhill. Photo by Peter Dressel.
February 17, 2012

We asked former Poet Laureate Rita Dove whom she considers the 21st century’s Allen Ginsberg or Countee Cullen. Off the top of her head, she reeled off a number of poets under 40, whose work she’s “following with great hope.” … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Through performances and conversation, Bill Moyers and the former Poet Laureate explore American history, language, culture, and ideas. Continue reading

February 13, 2012 | Moyers Moments

Bill Moyers and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove take turns reading “The Hill.” Continue reading

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