Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's new collaborative album is titled Child Ballads. Jay Sansone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anais Mitchell has a penchant for storied poetry and a deep reverence for the expressiveness of folk music. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anaïs Mitchell On World Cafe

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Hear the folk singer-songwriter perform songs from her latest album, Young Man In America, which was inspired by scenes of the economic crisis.

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Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

The Vermont-based singer-songwriter had just begun working on Hadestown, her folk-opera adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydice, when she made her first appearance on Mountain Stage.

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The desolate journey of Orpheus is now a folk opera written by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell. Emma Gluckman hide caption

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