be part of the national poem
September 19, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera has announced an ambitious and exciting project to mark his tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate: La Familia. An epic poem assembled from words on designated themes contributed by poets nationwide, La Familia is the centerpiece of Herrera’s “La Casa de Colores.”
To see the submission guidelines and contribute to the national poem, visit the La Familia page on the Library of Congress website. Themes are specified for each 30-day period and submissions must be received by the 15th of the month. Submissions are very short — a maximum of 200 characters — and there is no guarantee that your submission will be selected for inclusion. The first theme is family.
You can also watch a report on the project by PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown.
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