American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum American Writers Museum's mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives..
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http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/ There are more than 17,500 museums in the United States. Among these are museums that focus on art, history, sports, pop culture, science, technology, race and ethnicity. Although there are many wonderful small museums that commemorate the lives of individual writers, almost unbelievably, there is not a single museum dedicated to the history of American literature and to American writers. Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing The American Writers Museum™

http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/ There are more than 17,500 museums in the United States. Among these are museums that focus on art, history, sports, pop culture, science, technology, race and ethnicity. Although there are many wonderful small museums that commemorate the lives of individual writers, almost unbelievably, there is not a single museum dedicated to the history of American literature and to American writers. Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing The American Writers Museum™

Mission: The mission of the American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.

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Congratulations to these writers who have been shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and ...
11/18/2020
ALA Unveils 2021 Carnegie Medals Shortlist | American Libraries Magazine

Congratulations to these writers who have been shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction by the American Library Association!

And special shoutout to Natasha Trethewey, who virtually launched her incredible memoir "Memorial Drive" with us in July!

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/ala-unveils-2021-carnegie-medals-shortlist/

On November 17 the American Library Association announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The American Writers Museum is closed until further notice. We will continue to follow the guidance of science and healt...
11/17/2020
Virtual Hub | The American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum is closed until further notice. We will continue to follow the guidance of science and health organizations and we will reopen once it is deemed safe and responsible to do so.

In the meantime, the AWM Virtual Hub will continue to hum with content and activities to help you pass the time. From virtual programs to podcasts to engaging online exhibits and more, explore the American Writers Museum from the comfort and safety of your home.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/virtual-hub/

Bringing the American Writers Museum online! Use this hub to explore online exhibits, podcast epidsodes, program videos, and more.

“That whiggish notion that we have of American freedom and democracy as progressing in this linear line towards greater ...
11/16/2020
Episode 25: Manisha Sinha | The American Writers Museum

“That whiggish notion that we have of American freedom and democracy as progressing in this linear line towards greater and greater freedom is simply not true."

Dr. Manisha Sinha discusses the legacy of the abolition movement and its key figures, as well as lesser known abolitionists from her book "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition."

Listen to the latest episode of the AWM Author Talks podcast today!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-25-manisha-sinha/

Dr. Manisha Sinha discusses the legacy of Frederick Douglass and other abolitionists in her book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

11/13/2020
11/12/2020

Join us Thursday evening to celebrate the publication of African American Poetry: 250 Years Of Struggle & Song, a definitive new anthology edited by poet Kevin Young.

Kevin Young, Billy Branch, Pemon Rami, Roy Kinsey, Avery R. Young, Emily Hooper Lansana and Eve Ewing are all part of the incredible lineup, and Christine Whack's special rendition of a musical classic is a surprise treat not to be missed. Lift Every Voice Chicago is curated by Sylvia Ewing.

Chicago Public Library presents this event in partnership with Library of America, American Writers Museum and The Poetry Foundation, Downtown Chicago, IL., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and others. See all info and thanks at https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/5f4d2547c8d7412f00e7f1da.

Join us tonight! The fun starts in one hour at 6 pm Central
11/12/2020
The Library of America

Join us tonight! The fun starts in one hour at 6 pm Central

Reminder: Tonight at 6:00 pm Central (7:00 ET) we partner with Chicago Public Library + American Writers Museum + Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine for an exciting panel discussion and reading centered on Chicago's role in the Black poetic tradition. This is a FREE live program on the Chicago Public Library YouTube channel. Complete details via the link below:

Our "My America" writers blog series is back! More than 30 writers are featured in our special exhibit "My America: Immi...
11/11/2020
My America: José Olivarez

Our "My America" writers blog series is back! More than 30 writers are featured in our special exhibit "My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today," and this series is your chance to learn more about them.

We return today with poet, hip-hop head and Harold's Chicken fan José Olivarez.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/my-america-jose-olivarez/

Poet José Olivarez, the son of Mexican immigrants, discusses how his family, his heritage, and hip-hop have shaped his life and writing.

“Literature must challenge authority and defy demagoguery. It is born in fidelity to the truth and crumbles into incoher...
11/09/2020
Episode 25: Colin Asher on Nelson Algren | AWM Author Talks Podcast

“Literature must challenge authority and defy demagoguery. It is born in fidelity to the truth and crumbles into incoherence in its absence.”

Today on the AWM Author Talks podcast, Colin Asher discusses the great Nelson Algren and his recent biography titled "Never A Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren."

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-24-colin-asher-on-nelson-algren/

Writer Colin Asher discusses his biography "Never A Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren" on the AWM Author Talks Podcast.

Take a moment. Breathe. Drink water. Write. Read.That's what we try to do. With that in mind, here's what we've been rea...
11/05/2020
AWM Staff Picks: November 2020

Take a moment. Breathe. Drink water. Write. Read.

That's what we try to do. With that in mind, here's what we've been reading recently. Notice any of your favorite books or writers on the list? Let us know what you're reading to survive!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-staff-picks-november/

Reading recommendations from the staff at the American Writers Museum. Find out what we've been reading and see if any of your favorites are on the list!

“Political power of the most frightening sort was obviously waiting for the first demagogue who would smash the obsessio...
11/02/2020
Episode 23: Norman Mailer's Legacy with Maureen Corrigan & J. Michael Lennon

“Political power of the most frightening sort was obviously waiting for the first demagogue who would smash the obsession and free the white man of his guilt.” —Norman Mailer, 1968, from "Miami and the Siege of Chicago"

Learn more about Norman Mailer this week on the AWM Author Talks Podcast with J. Michael Lennon, Mailer's authorized biographer, and Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. See how the tumultuous events of the 1960s that Mailer witnessed and wrote about are reverberating today.

This conversation was originally recorded live at the AWM in August 2018.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-23-norman-mailer-discussion/

We discuss the legacy of Norman Mailer with J. Michael Lennon, Mailer’s biographer, and Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air.

10/30/2020
Irish-American Writers Alice McDermott, Joseph O'Neill & Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

ICYMI: Last night we hosted a conversation with writers Alice McDermott, Joseph O'Neill and Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Mulhall who talked about writers that influenced them, their approaches to writing, and their shared Irish heritage. 🇮🇪

Watch the full program here! 👇👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4m3bBH-oU

American Writers Museum presents a discussion between acclaimed Irish-American writers Alice McDermott, Joseph O'Neil and Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel...

10/29/2020
Spooky Little Squirrels Storytime

Celebrate spooky season with a special spooky edition with our Storyteller Matt, who reads "The Halloween Tree" written by Susan Montanari and illustrated by Teresa Martinez. The reading airs October 29 at 10:30 am Central, then will be available on Facebook after that!

We're thrilled to launch our new podcast today: Nation of WritersFor this first episode, we get in the spooky mood and t...
10/28/2020
Ep. 1: Edgar Allan Poe | Nation of Writers

We're thrilled to launch our new podcast today: Nation of Writers

For this first episode, we get in the spooky mood and talk about Edgar Allan Poe with Enrica Jang, Director of Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum / Poe Baltimore and Chris Semtner, Curator of The Poe Museum.

Did cooping, a form of election fraud, lead to Poe's mysterious death? Listen to find out!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-1-edgar-allan-poe/

In episode one we talk about Edgar Allan Poe with Enrica Jang of Poe Baltimore and Chris Semtner of The Poe Museum.

TONIGHT!We talk with Scott Peeples about his book "The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City." Learn more about...
10/27/2020
The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City | Virtual Author Talk

TONIGHT!

We talk with Scott Peeples about his book "The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City." Learn more about how the cities Poe lived and worked in shaped his life and writing.

The fun starts at 6:30 central, ravens not required but highly encouraged.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/the-man-of-the-crowd-edgar-allan-poe-and-the-city/

Scott Peeples chronicles Edgar Allan Poe’s rootless life in cities, exploring how each new place left its enduring mark on the writer.

Just like the Presidential election is a major plot point in the Story of 2020 (the craziest story never written), here ...
10/27/2020
Writing Elections: Stories that Feature Elections

Just like the Presidential election is a major plot point in the Story of 2020 (the craziest story never written), here are other stories with elections.

Delight in these fictional elections, but be sure to vote in this very real election we're in!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/writing-elections/

Just like the Presidential election is a major plot point in the Story of 2020, here is other writing and stories that feature elections.

Remember a time when debates were, well, debates?This week on the AWM Author Talks podcast hear from author and historia...
10/26/2020
Episode 22: Nicholas Buccola | AWM Author Talks

Remember a time when debates were, well, debates?

This week on the AWM Author Talks podcast hear from author and historian Nicholas Buccola, whose book "The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr. and the Debate over Race in America" tells the history of the iconic 1965 debate between renowned writer James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr., the father of modern American conservatism.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-22-nicholas-buccola/

Nicholas Buccola discusses his book "The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over Race in America."

Enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains at the beautiful and iconic Overlook Hotel, where writers like Stephen King ha...
10/22/2020
The Overlook Hotel | AWM Destinations

Enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains at the beautiful and iconic Overlook Hotel, where writers like Stephen King have found inspiration.

Plus, they say all work and no play makes you dull, so book your trip with AWM Destinations today!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-destinations-the-overlook-hotel/

We're going to the Rocky Mountains this week with AWM Destinations, for a stay at the iconic Overlook Hotel. Learn more about travel options!

10/22/2020
American Writers Museum

Celebrate Halloween season with a special spooky edition of Little Squirrels Storytime with our Storyteller Matt, who reads "The Halloween Tree" written by Susan Montanari and illustrated by Teresa Martinez. The reading airs October 29 at 10:30 am Central, then will be available on Facebook after that!

Celebrate spooky season with a special spooky edition with our Storyteller Matt, who reads "The Halloween Tree" written by Susan Montanari and illustrated by Teresa Martinez. The reading airs October 29 at 10:30 am Central, then will be available on Facebook after that!

"To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for w...
10/21/2020

"To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for what the words mean. Language used as a means to get power or make money goes wrong: it lies. Language used as an end in itself, to sing a poem or tell a story, goes right, goes towards the truth."

Happy birthday to Ursula K. Le Guin, born on this day in 1929. The iconic and beloved writer was the author of 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. And the recipient of many well-deserved awards and recognitions.

Thank you for your stories, your characters, and your words. Thank you for writing.

"Songwriting is the only true magic I know. It’s not pulling a rabbit out of a hat; it’s real. It’s your soul floating o...
10/20/2020

"Songwriting is the only true magic I know. It’s not pulling a rabbit out of a hat; it’s real. It’s your soul floating out to theirs."

Happy birthday to Tom Petty, who would've turned 70 years old today. Thank you for your lyrics and your music, and thank you for sharing your soul with us.

#TomPetty

Happy publication day to "African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song" edited by Kevin Young! The most ambitio...
10/20/2020
Lift Every Voice: African American Poetry - 250 Years of Struggle and Song

Happy publication day to "African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song" edited by Kevin Young! The most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever, gathering nearly 250 poets from the colonial period to the present.

We are excited to celebrate this monumental anthology at a special event next month along with our friends at the Chicago Public Library, The Library of America, and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. We hope you can celebrate with us! Learn more below.

Celebrate the publication of "African American Poetry: 250 Years Of Struggle & Song" with readings and discussions by leading writers.

Podcast! Get your podcast here!With Game 1 of the World Series scheduled for tomorrow, break out those ballpark franks a...
10/19/2020
Episode 21: Baseball Writing | AWM Author Talks Podcast

Podcast! Get your podcast here!

With Game 1 of the World Series scheduled for tomorrow, break out those ballpark franks and listen to the latest episode of the #AWMAuthorTalks Podcast with Joe Bonomo and Rick Telander, who discuss their favorite baseball writers, the life of a sportswriter and why baseball is such a captivating sport for writers.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-21-baseball-writing/

Essayist Joe Bonomo and sportswriter Rick Telander discuss their favorite baseball writing and why the game has captivated writers for years.

Are you hitting writer's block? Try working in or walking around a garden, it's what Eudora Welty did and she won a Puli...
10/14/2020
Unearthing Stories in Eudora Welty's Garden

Are you hitting writer's block? Try working in or walking around a garden, it's what Eudora Welty did and she won a Pulitzer Prize...

Thanks to our friends at the Eudora Welty House & Garden in Jackson, Mississippi for writing this lovely guest blog post.

Spoiler alert: flowers are involved!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/unearthing-stories-in-eudora-weltys-garden/

Written by our friends at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, learn how the Pulitzer Prize-winner found solace and inspiration in gardening.

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, check out our latest AWM Author Talks podcast with Tanaya J. Winder and Frank Waln. ...
10/12/2020
Episode 20: Frank Waln & Tanaya Winder | The American Writers Museum

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, check out our latest AWM Author Talks podcast with Tanaya J. Winder and Frank Waln. The two discuss their work, their heritage, and the power of writing to heal. They also play some songs!

Originally recorded live at the American Writers Museum in May of 2019.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-20-frank-waln-tanaya-winder/

Today, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, we talk with Native poets and performing artists Frank Waln and Tanaya Winder, who will also play some of their powerful music. We hope you enjoy entering the mind of a writer. Listen to more episodes here. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS “I really believe in he...

"We should do more and talk less."Happy birthday to Mary Ann Shadd Cary, born on this day in 1823. Shadd Cary wrote thes...
10/09/2020

"We should do more and talk less."

Happy birthday to Mary Ann Shadd Cary, born on this day in 1823. Shadd Cary wrote these words and more at the age of 25 in a letter to Frederick Douglass, who later reprinted it in his newspaper. Shadd Cary would go on to be an outspoken abolitionist, advocate for women's rights and the first Black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper of her own.

We honor her today by encouraging you to vote in this election. Strong women like Shadd Cary fought tirelessly for free and open elections available to all, and we owe it to them to make our voices heard. So be sure to vote!

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