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Stories About Mystery

Claire Danes, Ellen Burstyn, Tracy K. Smith, et al.

Stories About Mystery

We often find ourselves talking to poets and writers about the vivid connections between art and faith. This special hour came out of a live collaboration between On Being and Selected Shorts at Symphony Space in New York. Claire Danes, Ellen Burstyn, Julie White, and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith joined us with stories and poems about meaning and mystery.

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  • Claire Danes

    Claire Danes

    is a film and television actress best known for her starring role in the series Homeland. She is the winner of three Emmy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and two Screen Actors Guild awards.

  • Tracy K. Smith

    Tracy K. Smith

    was named the U.S. poet laureate in June 2017 and teaches creative writing at Princeton University. Her books of poetry include The Body's QuestionDuende, and Life on Mars. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction.

  • Ellen Burstyn

    Ellen Burstyn

    is an actress whose film, television, and theatre career spans six decades, including roles in The Last Picture ShowThe ExorcistRequiem for a Dream, and House of Cards. She is one of few performers to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award.

  • Julie White

    Julie White

    is a film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her roles in Grace Under FireNurse Jackie, and the play The Little Dog Laughed, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress.