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Poet Raymond Antrobus's parents didn't realize he was deaf until he was 7 years old. /Suki Dhanda hide caption

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'Perseverance' And Poetry Help A Writer Bridge Multiple Worlds

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Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi, seen here in 2019, is one of four women on the Afghan government team holding peace talks with the Taliban. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Fawzia Koofi On Afghan Peace: 'We Want To See This War End Tomorrow'

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'Popular Longing' Digs Into Everything We'd Rather Leave Unsaid

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Writer Jackie Wang's debut poetry collection is called The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void. Nightboat Books hide caption

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With Sunflowers As Her Guide, Poet Tunes In To Dream Life For Debut Collection

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The inauguration kolam project is "not just a welcoming of a new administration. It's this idea that so many people came together with all of their stories," says Sowmya Somnath, one of the organizers. Apostolis Ventouris/Tony Ventouris Photography hide caption

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In D.C., A Traditional South Indian Welcome Awaits Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

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Poetry Escapes The Beauty Bind In 'Wound From The Mouth Of A Wound'

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Sarah McBride of Delaware, Jenifer Rajkumar of New York and Mondaire Jones of New York. McBride: Jason Minto/AP Rajkumar: Patrick McMullan via Getty Image Mondaire Jones: Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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McBride: Jason Minto/AP Rajkumar: Patrick McMullan via Getty Image Mondaire Jones: Kathy Willens/AP

Local, State Elections Hit Unique Diversity Milestones

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William Shakespeare's First Folio is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London earlier this year. The book was published in 1623 and contains 36 of Shakespeare's plays. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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Shakespeare's Original First Folio Sells For Almost $10 Million

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Shamarr Allen performs during the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 50th Anniversary at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 04, 2019 in New Orleans. Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage hide caption

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New Orleans Musician Offers Kids Trumpets In Exchange For Their Guns

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Vivek Shraya's new novel The Subtweet chronicles a friendship between two musicians — both brown, both women — that implodes under the pressure of online life. Vanessa Heins hide caption

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The Poetry Foundation's Ydalmi Noriega says poetry is more than just "dead men walking by a pond in the 19th century." Peter Wynn Thompson/AP Images for the Poetry Foundation hide caption

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