Without forgotten abolitionist James Forten, writes Janna Malamud Smith, the publication that cemented William Lloyd Garrison's legacy might never have taken hold.
Writer Leslie Lawrence was 10 when she saw her first president sworn in. She remembers only the inaugural poet, Robert Frost. This year, she calls on Americans to read the "Poet of Democracy."
Our public language is often used to demean and distort, writes Janna Malamud Smith. But literature’s truth can sustain us against dishonesty and vitriol.
The loosely-biographical Netflix series, “The Crown,” is shockingly relevant today, writes Joanna Weiss. It’s about how to deal with power you expected, but aren’t prepared to assume.
It's important, writes Layla Schlack, for those of us who claim to be progressive, anti-racist, feminist, pro-equal rights, to understand what it's like not being part of the dominant culture.
Since Election Day, writes Aine Greaney, I learned that poetry-as-therapy has its limitations. This time, for this tragedy, the words don't assuage, and new ones -- my own -- won’t come.
Playhouses have never been exempt from the political currents that swirl outside their walls, writes Jeffrey S. Ravel.
Political movements grow through the press of bodies and the melding of voices in songs and poetry, writes Julie Wittes Schlack.
A lifetime of listening to Bob Dylan, writes Alex Green, tells me that this award makes no sense.
In literary circles, debate is raging over free speech versus cultural appropriation. But Julie Wittes Schlack argues that is the wrong way to frame the issue.
The journalist who has outed the author of the Neapolitan quartet, writes Janna Malamud Smith, has served as a policeman of the patriarchal order -- identifying a free woman and putting her in her place.
Learning to draw figures, Heddi Vaughan Siebel writes, is a lesson in both form and empathy.
How did the Massachusetts Cultural Council end up losing $7.7 million? The answer, writes Alex Green, might not be what you think.
One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights... And I was told to leave the room.
Cognoscenti editor Kelly Horan talks with acclaimed author Russell Banks about his new collection of travel writings, "Voyager."
A doctor reflects on the power of poetry to help better understand a patient's struggles.
Now I see the former Hancock Tower as a stunning canvas, shimmering blue or grey in answer to the seasonal sky, waiting for a new image to materialize.
Gay Talese, take note: Sometimes, obligations to humanity trump the journalist’s job.
Prince's ecstatic music breathed life into us all.
As profound an act as writing "To Kill a Mockingbird" and releasing it, was Lee’s refusal to elaborate.