She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru are some of the characters that make up Marvel's A-Force. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment hide caption

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Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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In Scott McCloud's The Sculptor, a young artist discovers that having the ability to sculpt anything doesn't mean he has the vision or the drive to turn that ability into success. First Second hide caption

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Philip Levine grew up on the outskirts of Detroit and began writing poetry when he was just 13 years old. "It was like I had never enjoyed anything in my life so much," he said. "It was utterly thrilling. I began to live for it." Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Langston Hughes, pictured above in 1961, was a poet, novelist, playwright and "inveterate letter writer," says editor Arnold Rampersad. AP hide caption

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Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has worked in war zones for well over a decade. Kursat Bayhan/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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Barack Obama hands a gift from a supporter to his assistant Reggie Love during his 2008 campaign for presidency. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Until about 30,000 years ago — around the same time these animals were drawn on the walls of France's Chauvet Cave — there were at least five other species of humans on the planet. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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