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  • Adrienne Rich, one of the most distinguished poets living and working in the United States, refused the 1997 National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands. Rich informed the Clinton administration of her decision in a July 3 letter to Jane Alexander, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, which administers the awards. The National Medal for the Arts is usually awarded annually...
    Jul 16, 1997 | Story
  • Poet and political activist Allen Ginsberg died earlier this year
    at the age 70.

    Ginsberg was perhaps best known for his lifelong political activism
    and his work with the Beat poets and writers in the 1950s and
    1960s, including Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William Borroughs.

    Ginsberg’s 1956 poem "Howl!" captured — for many —the sentiment
    of the post-World War II period and pre-figured a decade of rage
    and revolution that...

    Jun 03, 1997 | Story
  • A Buddhist memorial service was held yesterday in New York City for poet and political activist Allen Ginsberg. He died this weekend at age 70 after a long battle with liver cancer.
    Apr 08, 1997 | Story
  • For the 100-year anniversary of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg’s birth, Democracy Now! spoke with Ernie Harburg, Yip’s son and co-author of Yip’s biography, Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz?: Yip Harburg, Lyricist. Best known for writing the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz, Yip also wrote the musical Bloomer Girl, which was about women’s suffrage, and Finian’s Rainbow, which dealt with race and class struggles. Yip...
    Jan 31, 1997 | Story
  • Right Wing Watch: Censorship of the Arts is alive and well in the US. The latest report from People for the American Way documents in 137 challenges to artistic expression in 41 states, in both traditional arts and media. Many of these challenges have been attempts by religious and social conservatives to keep artistic references to homosexuality from reaching the general public. The report documents that "an alarming 73 percent of the challenges...
    Apr 09, 1996 | Story