Author and Poet Review

Kenneth Grahame Author

March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

British writer Kenneth Grahame (born March 8, 1859) told his son, Alistair, bedtime stories about the adventures of Mr. Toad and his best friends, Badger, Ratty, and Mole. He later published those stories as The Wind in the Willows. “Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows Books by Kenneth Grahame [...]

Leslie Marmon Silko

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Leslie Marmon Silko born in The United States March 05, 1948 genre Literature & Fiction   Leslie Marmon Silko (born Leslie Marmon; born March 5, 1948) is a Native American writer of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the First Wave of what literary critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. Silko was a debut recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Grant, now known as the “Genius Grant”, in 1981 and the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.   Books by Leslie Marmon Silko [...]

Ruth Reichl Author Cooking Biographies and Memoirs Nonfiction

January 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

      Ruth Reichl Author profile born in New York, The United States January 16, 1948 gender female   genre Cooking, Food & Wine, Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction About this author edit data Ruth Reichl is an American food writer, the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and culinary editor for the Modern Library. Born to parents Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno), she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, the artist Douglas Hollis. She graduated in 1970 with a M.A. in art history. When she wrote for the New York Times, Ruth Reichl (born January 16, 1948) famously reviewed restaurants in disguise—she had a dozen different undetected personas. Reichl detailed the experience in her bestselling memoir, Garlic and Sapphires. “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl Books by Ruth Reichl More… [...]

Lorrie Moore Author Literature and Fiction

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Lorrie Moore Author profile born in Glens Falls, New York, The United States January 13, 1957 gender female genre Literature & Fiction About this author edit data Lorrie Moore was born in Glens Falls, New York in 1957. She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she tutored on an Indian reservation, and was editor of the university literary magazine and, at age 19, won Seventeen Magazine’s Fiction Contest. After graduating summa cum laude, she worked in New York for two years before going on to received a Masters in Fine Arts from Cornell University. Over the course of the last two decades Lorrie Moore has earned a place among the finest writers in this country by exploring the lives of modern women and men, many of them in the Midwest, as they confront the often absurd indignities of ordinary life, most particularly the quest for love and companionship. Her short stories have charted this territory with unfailing intelligence, an almost [...]

Stephen Hawking Author Science Non Fiction

January 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Stephen Hawking Author profile born in Oxford, The United Kingdom January 08, 1942 gender male genre Science, Non Fiction Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents’ house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father’s old college. Stephen wanted to do Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he did Physics instead. After three years and not very much work he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science. Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no-one working in that area in Oxford at the time. His supervisor was Denis Sciama, although he had [...]

Philip Levine Poet

January 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Philip Levine Author profile born in Detroit, Michigan, The United States January 10, 1928 gender male genre Poetry influences John Berryman, Yvor Winters, Walt Whitman, Federico García Lorca   Philip Levine (b. January 10, 1928, Detroit, Michigan) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for his poems about working-class Detroit. He taught for over thirty years at the English Department of California State University, Fresno and held teaching positions at other universities as well. He is appointed to serve as the Poet Laureate of the United States for 2011–2012. Philip Levine grew up in industrial Detroit, the second of three sons and the first of identical twins of Jewish immigrant parents. His father, Harry Levine owned a used auto parts business, his mother Esther Priscol (Prisckulnick) Levine was a bookseller. When Levine was five years old, his father died. Growing up, he faced the anti-Semitism embodied by the pro-Hitler radio priest Father [...]

Carlos Castaneda Author Literature and Fiction Religion and Spirituality

January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments Carlos Castaneda Author profile born in Cajamarca, Peru December 25, 1925 died April 27, 1998   genre Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality About this author edit data Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos Cesar Arana Castaneda indicate that he was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Perú. Records show that his surname was given by his mother Susana Castañeda Navoa. His father was Cesar Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even though his famous published works display an anglicised version. He moved to the United States in the early 1950s and became a naturalized citizen in 1957. In 1960 he was married to Margaret Runyan in Tijuana, Mexico. They lived together for only six months, but their divorce was not finalized until 1973. He was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (B.A. 1962; Ph.D. [...]

Robert Burns Poet

January 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Robert Burns Author profile   born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, The United Kingdom January 25, 1759   died July 21, 1796   gender male   genre Poetry   Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a “light” Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora [...]

Patti Smith Poet

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

born in Chicago, Illinois, The United States December 30, 1946   gender female   genre Poetry   influences Allen Ginsberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean Genet   About this author edit data Patti Smith (born Patricia Lee Smith on December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and poet. She was influential in the birth of the punk rock with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called “Godmother of Punk” she integrated the beat poetry performance style with garage rock. Her allusions introduced 19th century French poetry to American teens, while her “unladylike” language defied the disco era. Smith is most widely known for the song “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2005 Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Minister of Culture. Happy 68th birthday, Patti Smith! The singer-songwriter wrote a beautiful memoir, Just Kids, [...]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Author Literature and Fiction

December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

born inKislovodsk, Russian Federation December 11, 1918   died August 03, 2008   gender male   genre Literature & Fiction   Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system – particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. Solzhenitsyn was the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a conductor and pianist. December 28, 1973: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book about the Soviet prison camp system, The Gulag Archipelago, was published 41 years ago today. The Russian writer was arrested and exiled for his work. “Thus it is that no cruelty whatsoever passes by without impact. Thus it is that we always pay dearly [...]