“Science describes accurately from the outside, poetry describes accurately from the inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates. Both celebrate what they describe. We need the languages of both science and poetry to save us from merely stockpiling endless ‘information’ that fails to inform our ignorance or our irresponsibility.”

– From the foreword to Late in the Day (PM Press, 2015)


“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” Documentary


“A perfect primer for anyone new to Le Guin, the documentary also has enough to offer dedicated fans.”
– Allan Hunter, Screen International

View trailer

Upcoming screenings (you can also sign up here for updates):

Oct 3 – Seoul, South Korea
Oct 5 & Oct 11 – Brisbane, Australia
Oct 11 – Cologne, Germany
Oct 15 – Albany, California
Nov 8 – Kansas City, Kansas
Nov 11 – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 17 – The Hague, The Netherlands

Viewers in some markets may stream PBS American Masters’ abridged version of the feature documentary.


The Best American Short Stories 2019,
edited by Anthony Doerr

This year’s edition of The Best American Short Stories includes Ursula’s Pity and Shame (originally and posthumously published in Tin House issue 76) as well as stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Jamel Brinkley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Manuel Muñoz, Sigrid Nunez, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Jim Shepherd, Weike Wang, and others.

This year’s editor, Anthony Doerr, writes that, “As soon as you complete a description of what a good story must be, a new example flutters through an open window, lands on your sleeve, and proves your description wrong.”

The Best American Short Stories 2019 is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can preorder at Powell’s, Barnes & Noble and your independent bookseller.



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PBS American Masters streams abridged version of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin to select markets.

Hugo Awards 2019: Charles Vess receives awards as Best Professional Artist and Best Art Book for The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press|Gollancz).


Ursula Reading Her Essay on Abortion, “What It Was Like”


“The last time I filmed with Ursula, in the winter of 2016, I was six months pregnant, she was nearly ninety, and we were both getting a little tired by the time the camera started rolling. In addition to a few passages from her novels and poems that ended up in the documentary, I asked her to read an essay called ‘What It Was Like’ (2012), about the abortion she had as an undergraduate at Radcliffe, at a time when the procedure was illegal and highly stigmatized. As our country is hit by a wave of systematic attacks on women’s sovereignty over their own bodies, her essay feels more essential than ever.”

—Arwen Curry, Director, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

“What It Was Like” is available in the collection Words Are My Matter (2016). See also "The Princess" from her 1982 collection Dancing at the Edge of the World.


The Literary Arts Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

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