Lawyers and Literature
James R. Elkins
Lawyers | Poets | Poetry
A Long History of Lawyer Poets: "Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry"
A Personal Account of How I Found the Lawyer Poets: James R. Elkins
Poets Thinking About Poetry: On Poetry
Poets on the World of Law and Lawyers: Legal Verse
A Law School Course: Lawyers, Poets, and Poetry
Talking about Poetry
[video :: 0:48 mins.] [Lee Robinson, a lawyer poet, talks about poetry]
Transformational Communication: Poetry of Persuasion
[11:22 mins.] [in-class present can end at 4:30 mins.]
Why Read and Write Poetry? (Dead Poets Society)
[video :: 1:18 mins.]
Poets Learning from Prose Writers|Prose Writers Learning From Poets: Edward Hirsch [video :: 6:00 mins.]
Legal Verse Anthologies: The most recent anthology of legal verse is James R. Elkins (ed.), Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law: An Anthology of Poems about the Practice of Law (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013). For a review, see: Book Review, Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law Kate O'Neil, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, vol.11, 2014
For an earlier anthology of legal verse, see: Percival E. Jackson (ed.), Justice and the Law: An Anthology of Legal Poetry and Verse (Charlottesville, Virginia: The Michie Co., 1960)
A Lawyer Talks about Poetry
A Lawyer Talks about Poetry and Persuasion
[video :: 2:46 mins.]
A Famous Lawyer Poem: Carl Sandburg, "Lawyers Know Too Much" [audio :: 1:52 mins.]
Lawyer Poets: Tom Erickson | Suzannah Gilman | Martín Espada | James McKenna | David Filer & Greg Chaimov | Jamie Stern | Greg Rappleye | Lawrence Joseph | Lawrence Joseph: Poet with a Steady Job | Ann Tweedy | Fern G. Z. Carr | Brian Gilmore | Carl Reisman | Michael Blumenthal | Robin Cravey | Susan J. Abraham | David Orr | Amy Woolard | Jim Drummond | Jeffrey Levine | Gary Forrester | John M. FitzGerald | Laura Fargas | Luisa Caycedo-Kimura | Sam Haskins | Thomas Lloyd Qualls | Iris Gomez | Tonya M. Evans-Walls | Esther Cameron | Jill Starishevsky | Charles D. Williams | John L. Holgerson | Paul Killebrew | Nancy A. Henry | Richard Taylor (with other Kentucky poet laureates |
Videos | Lawyer Poets in Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law
An Interview: Warren Wolfson Talking About Being a Poet
[4:55 mins.] [Reading, "Eleventh Floor Lies"][Wolfson is the author of a chapbook, At This Point (Ampersand, Inc., 2014]
The Human Face of the Law
James Clarke Reading "How to Bribe a Judge"
The Kid from Simcoe Street
A Tribute to Ann Knox
[28:31 mins.] [University of Oregon, Oregon Humanities Center]
A Reading of "Old Astronauts"
Talking about Poetry
Reading "Ancient Wisdom"
On the Power Behind Poetry
[14:18 mins.] [Interview with Bill Moyers]
Martín Espada Examines Life Through Verse
[30:03 mins.] [Interview with Bill Moyers]
Naomi Ayala interviews Martín Espada
The Other USA
Martín Espada Reading
Martín Espada Reads "San Sebastian"
"Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100"
[3:37 mins.] [Martín Espada reads "For the Jim Crow Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts Where My Cousin Esteban Was Forbidden to Wait Tables Because He Wears Dreadlocks"]
Ann Tweedy Reads
The Road Not Taken--Twice
Michael Sowder, "That Drink"
Videos | Audio | Lawyer Poets
Last Concert Cafe Reading
Interview & Reading
[57:35 mins.] [audio]
Featured Artist at Family Style Open Mic
Hope Spoken Broken poem
[1:57 mins.] [Gowri K. is a Sri Lankan Tamil American poet, performing artist, and lawyer based in Washington, DC.]
Anne Ballard reads some of her poems
James Weldon Johnson
Reading "The Creation"
Poets I Read Before I Found the Lawyer Poets
Robert Bly: Bly Reads Kabir [1:56 mins.] | Bly Reads Rumi [2:16 mins.] [begin the video at 0:08 mins.] | Bly Reads Rumi 2 [3:08 mins.] | Bly Reading 3 Poems [5:04 mins.] | Cornelius Eddy Interview [28:48 mins.] | Bly Interview with Bill Moyers [27:21 mins.]
A Poet Who Enchants: Coleman Barks
Opening the Heart Through Ecstatic Poetry: Coleman Barks [21:08 mins.]
One Through Love [9:15 mins.]
Rumi read by Coleman Barks [1:14 mins.]
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Interview [32:09 mins.]