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Spin A Yarn India (www.spinayarnindia.com) is focused on Preserving, Protecting & Promoting Indigenous Languages in India to benefit our younger generation by inviting our older generation to Participate. As exclusive partners of the UNESCO Indigenous Language Programme and the Bhasha Sangam Initiative started by the Govt. of India; our focus is on helping our children understand the diversity of the numerous languages of our country, our heritage and culture via stories in Indigenous langua ...
 
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Valzhyna Mort on her selection: On April 26th, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl. I am reading from Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of what happened to the peo…
 
Paisley Rekdal on her selection: Charming may not be a word commonly associated with Alexander Pope, but for me, “Epistle to Miss Blount, On Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation” may be one of the most charming poems I know. Pope, famous for “The Rape of the Lock,” and his exhaustingly didactic essay “A Man,” delights with this epistolary poe…
 
Jane Hirshfield on her selection: “The Lives of the Poets” Poems are about our human lives--their knowing by stories, language, feelings, comprehensions, perplexities, musics. Because the lives of poets include the making of poetry, some poems are about that. I've chosen a half-dozen, from a range of persons, places, and directions, from a folder I…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Stacy Schiff on her selection: In a contest between the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard and her third husband, Kingsley Amis, I will opt for Howard every time -- with an exception made for Amis’s 1954 Lucky Jim. As laughter seems in short supply these days, I offer up this favorite Amis set-piece, arguably among the funniest pages of 20th century En…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Notes on the selections: It’s been a year. That’s been the chorus for the past couple of weeks, and we're here, saying it too; it feels too notable, too hard-won, too full of loss, too much not to note. This episode is a compilation of some of the poems recorded over 62 episodes: a selection of poems that seem to speak to the intensely individual a…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Producer's note: We return this week to Diana Khoi Nguyen's reading of poems from Asian poets in diaspora. Please support your local Asian diaspora and anti-racist community organizing, as you can. In particular, Nguyen recommends donations to Stop AAPI Hate's fund: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Diana Khoi Nguyen on her selection: I…
 
Yesenia Montilla on her selections: It seems truly unbelievable that we are coming on a year of this pandemic and I have been like so many: just trying my hardest to survive. How I have survived is by slipping into poetry; my own and others. What deeply moves me about the four poems I chose are their honesty and their surprise, their tenacity and h…
 
Raquel Salas Rivera with coquíes in background: “ataúd abierto para un obituario puertorriqueño” // “open casket for a puerto rican obituary” This poem responds to Pedro Pietri’s “Puerto Rican Obituary” by expanding it to include those Puerto Ricans that still live in Puerto Rico, recontextualizing the imagined return in contemporary Puerto Rico. I…
 
Monique Truong on her selection: On March 5, 2020, mere days before COVID-19 would change our day-to-day existence, I attended a crowded bookstore reading here in NYC, where Yoko Tawada and her friend Bettina Brandt read from Tawada's novel, Memoirs of a Polar Bear. They sat side-by-side, each wearing one white glove, and occasionally they held ove…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
A.E. Stallings on her selection: Matthew Prior (1664 – 1721) rose from humble beginnings--he was the nephew of a tavern owner--to be one of the most important poets of his day, and to serve as a diplomat in the Hague and Paris. He is known now for his satirical poems and vers de société. "Jinny the Just" is an elegy for a real person: Jane Ansley, …
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Diana Khoi Nguyen on her selection: In a time of global isolation unprecedented for multiple generations, I have retreated into the community of words of others, that is, a return to the nook of books, day in, day out, and it is very much a comfort--a return to the routine days of my sequestered childhood. Today found me missing poets, writers, and…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Ruth Franklin on her selection: Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is deservedly famous for suspenseful fiction like “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House. During her lifetime, though, she was equally well known for the humorous stories she wrote about her absent-minded-professor husband and their four children, published in popular women’s magazin…
 
T.C. Boyle on his selection: It was Donald Barthelme, along with Robert Coover, Samuel Beckett, Julio Cortázar and Flannery O’Conner who spurred me to be in writing myself. Barthelme is best known for his abstract stories, like “Indian Uprising,” a story I cherish, but I’ve chosen “The School” for this program because of its tight comedic narrative…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Jenny Xie on her selection: Rich’s words are ones I’ve revisited, during this time of intersecting and unfurling crises, to help me think through the efficacy of the arts—particularly poetry—to respond to the clamor, the turmoil, and the extraordinary pressures of this moment. What civic responsibility do artists and writers bear? And what does it …
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
Catherine Barnett on her selections: Because there are so many texts I love and because of the radical adjustments we’ve had to make in the space-time continuum, I chose to curate a small collection of poems and prose excerpts, each of which takes notice of, or is somehow guided by, time. I’ve included the following poems and excerpts; a collection…
 
At Spin-A-Yarn, our mission is to capture and present the world’s story telling creativity, indigenous knowledge, and precious culture, directly from the mobile phone and bring it to children. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Global collaboration amongst children…
 
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