by Ted Kooser

We all watched as the President awkwardly carried
a big wreath to the Grave of the Unknown Soldier,
a ring of a thousand keys that he held out before him
in both manicured hands, knowing that somewhere
among them was the key to the love of the people
for which he’d been searching for weeks. Now he was
setting the keys aside, presuming that it would be seen read more »

First Year Experience
Common Read
One Book

View our
Featured Authors »

Speaker News

PBS Newshour

Newly appointed Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith shares 4 authors you need to read including Solmaz Sharif and Claudia Rankine.

New York Times

The New York Times Books compiled 20 years of notable L.G.B.T.Q. books and their authors, including Mark Doty.

Amazon Best Books

Amazon Books selects the best titles for every reader’s summer – this year includes George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo.

Hollywood Reporter

George Saunders' new pilot, Sea Oak starring Glenn Close, marks the Emmy winner's return to scripted television.

NYT Magazine

Terrance Hayes has been named the New York Times Magazine's new Poetry Editor.
See past news »

Featured Video


Fall Writers Conference 2016

Atlantic Center for the Arts
November 9-13, 2016

Nick Flynn — Poetry

Dani Shapiro — Memoir

Andre Dubus III — Fiction

More Information »