October 28

Ayi Kwei Armah

Ayi Kwei Armah (born October 28, 1939) Ghanaian novelist, poet – Two Thousand Seasons

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Ayi Kwei Armah talks about his novel, The Healers

Frédéric C. Martel

Frédéric C. Martel (born October 28, 1967) French sociologist, journalist, social and literary critic – De La Culture En Amerique / Culture in America (2006)

Read about Martel at the author's website https://fredericmartel.com/en/bio/

Read about Martel's 2019 book In the Closet of the Vatican

Martel discusses In the Closet of the Vatican

Louis Jenkins

Louis Jenkins (born October 28, 1942) U.S. poet, playwright

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Some Louis Jenkins poems at The Writer's Almanac

Black Bears

I like black bears. They are relatively common around
here, and they are usually not aggressive. Actually,
they are generally affable, loners mostly, but not
opposed to hanging out with humans now and then.
In fact, I’ve found that in many ways they are a lot
like us.

My friend, Richard, an older male, drops by now and
then and we hang out down on the shore, have a
couple of beers, but mostly we just sit and look out
at the water. We don’t have a lot to say. We aren’t
friends exactly, but we enjoy the company. Richard
says, at our age we don’t have friends. We have

Read about the play Louis Jenkins co-wrote with actor Mark Rylance, "Nice Fish"

Louis Jenkins talks about his poetry being transformed into a play