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Whose America? A Conversation with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on poetry after Trump

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In the two weeks since Donald Trump's election, people from around the country, and from all walks of life, have been debating each other online. How exactly did Trump get elected?

What Does Your Liberation Look Like?: In Conversation with Liz Mputu and Justin Phillip Reed

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In a blog series for Ploughshares, I interview a poet and a non-poet. This time, digital media artist Liz Mputu and poet Justin Phillip Reed. I want to talk about how to manage the expression of violence, feeling of violence, portrayal of violence and also, anger as a thing

How to Find Your Self (and How to Kill It): A Conversation with Suzi Analogue and Nathaniel Mackey on Black Music

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I talk to Nathaniel Mackey and musician Suzi Analogue about how to, in Amiri Baraka's words, find the self, then kill it—and about the role of technology in that process.

With Late Capitalism Hovering in the Background: In Conversation with Wendy Xu and Jesse Hlebo

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“We live in a late-capitalist situation where if something is not worth money then culture says it’s not worth anything at all.”

Things That WIRED Magazine Doesn’t Talk About: In Conversation with francine j. harris and Devin Kenny

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Poet francine j. harris and artist Devin Kenny explore how technology affects language, how they go about the processes of investigating their own work, and who their mentors are–as well as how they themselves have mentored others.

A Body that is Ultra-Body: In Conversation with Fred Moten and Elysia Crampton

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In a blog series for Ploughshares, I ask a poet and a non-poet the same questions. This month, I interviewed poet and theorist Fred Moten and avant-electronic producer, Elysia Crampton on history, fiction, embodiment, and the concept of equality.