Maxine Hong Kingston on peace and war

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  • For 15 years, National Humanities Medalist Maxine Hong Kingston has been working with veterans-soldiers from World War II, from Vietnam, and now, from Iraq-to convert the ghosts of war into the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that Kingston believes will help them survive. In this program, Bill Moyers speaks with Kingston about her book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, an anthology called "powerful and finely written" by the Chicago Tribune. This timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 26, 2007.
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  • Maxine Hong Kingston: "Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace" (4:40) -- Robert Golling Jr.: The Body Escort (5:32) -- Sandy Scull: Sea Salt, Mrs. Martinez (9:16) -- Hopper Martinez and Pauline Laurent (7:35) -- Sean Mclain Brown (3:49) -- Ted Sexauer: Poem for Tet (4:26) -- Rebels Created by War (4:05) -- Writing as a Tool to Understand Loss (4:37) -- Maxine Hong Kingston: Hoping for Peace (5:51)
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