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Katy Henriksen

This weekend's Frank Stanford Literary Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of Arkansas poet Frank Stanford also shines the spotlight on another Arkansas poet and seminal figure in Stanford's legacy: C.D. Wright, whose boundary-pushing poetry landed her a McArthur "Genius" grant and an internationally recognized career as a poet and scholar. 

An emphaisis on translation separates The Arkansas International from the hundreds upon hundreds of other literary journals out there.  

Issue four of the official literary magazine from the University of Arkansas's Creative Writing and Translation program features writing in translation from 11 countries, as well as comics in translation.

Sarah Mesko

While growing up, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, 33, thought of the age as the "Jesus birthday." Although she may not be the next Messiah, this University of Arkansas alumna's star is certainly on the rise in the music world. 

Mesko, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut last year appearing in Mozart's The Magic Flute, returns to Arkansas this week to open the Faulkner Performing Arts Center's 2018-19 season.

As part of Of Note's Symphony Sunday edition, Ohio-based composer Jack Gallagher allowed a rare glimpse into the deeper processes behind writing a major symphony, specifically his Symphony No.2 'Ascendant,' a tremendous work that stretches over an hour in length.

Kazem Abdullah began playing classical music at 10, but his real passion was always how the pieces of an orchestra can contribute to a whole. Now at 38, he has been following his passion for conducting for nearly ten years.

"The variety of the repertoire that one can study and perform is vast and great as a conductor," says Abdullah. "You have close contacts in a wide variety of art forms."

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