Arts


The Ballad of Laura Nelson

By Yolanda Wisher, Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

Read this poem, based on four photographs of the lynching of Laura Nelson and her son in 1911 near Okemah, Oklahoma.


Would You Repeat That, Please?

By Jean Teller, special to Utne Reader

Hollywood and most moviegoers thrive on sequels, or prequels, or franchises, or …


The Promise of American Poetry

By Bob Hicok

Poetry now is more reflective of the makeup, tensions, desires, and needs of a broader swath of Americans than ever before.


On Fire: The New Opera

By Kevin Simmonds, from World Literature Today

Five meditations on the future of opera.


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The Summer of Dead Birds: A Memoir of Love and Loss

By Katie Haegele

Ali Liebegott’s new book circles death like a buzzard.


New on Utne Reader: June 2019 #1

By the editors

See what we’ve been reading this week.


Hamilton after Hamilton

by Renee Romano, from Oberlin Alumni Magazine

How the Broadway hit has crafted a new American civic myth


Music for February 2019

By Ben Sauder

Check out February’s lovely, easy going music picks guaranteed to have something for everyone.




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