March 29, 2017
Back in December, we introduced the Poetry Coalition, 25 nonprofit poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Beginning this month, the inaugural effort of the Poetry Coalition is Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. “For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.” The projects are inclusive, original, wide-ranging, relevant and engaging.
You can see how each of the organizations describes its projects on the Academy of American Poets Because We Come from Everything page and you can also see many images from the project on Twitter #WeComeFromEverything.
March 15, 2017
Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths has partnered with The Academy of American Poets to release online a series of videos called P.O.P. (“Poets on Poetry”). Each video features a contemporary American poet reading two poems — one of their own and one by another poet — and talking about the poems they’ve selected. The “poet then answers a question s/he has selected from a pool of anonymous questions generated from other participants,” creating a sort of ongoing conversation.
In a related essay, Griffiths describes the project as a kind of three-dimensional portraiture, “a sequence of visual poems, nuanced and calibrated as Russian dolls.”
Visit the P.O.P. page and listen in.
October 31, 2016
In honor of ghosts, goblins, and William Shakespeare, spirit on over to the Academy of American Poets collection of Halloween poems. It’s a treat.
While you’d be lucky to find one of the 10,000 Shakespeare face masks (shown above) commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s demise, you can download, color, and create your own from the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Talk Like Shakespeare Day site.
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October 3, 2016
As you may be aware, 2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service. To mark the occasion, the Academy of American Poets has commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. Every Thursday, throughout the fall season, you can find a new selection of five poems posted on Poets.org along with an Info link that includes a statement by the poet.
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September 26, 2016
Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1, 2016. There are a lot of resources on the Banned Books Week website and more information, including a list of the top ten most challenged books of 2015, on the website of the American Library Association. At this link you can also add the I READ BANNED BOOKS flag to your Facebook or Twitter profile.
If you’re not sure what to read, have a look at this “Banned Books” article from the Academy of American Poets.
July 8, 2016
We may be the last to know about this, but the Academy of American Poets has a weekly column called Jobs for Poets. New literary and arts jobs are posted every Wednesday. Here’s the list for this week, July 6, 2016. To find Jobs for Poets, go to the main poets.org page and look for the “Stanza” link.
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image: Malling-Hansen writing ball, 1865
March 22, 2015
First, a nudge: If you live in Whatcom County, Washington, you have ten days (including today) to submit your poem for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Poems must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. If you plan to mail your poem, allow plenty of time as mail is slower these days; if you plan to drop it off at Mindport, note that Mindport is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Contest guidelines here.
Second, a suggestion: National Poetry Month begins April 1 and the Academy of American Poets wants you to be ready, so they’ve put together a list of 30 Ways to Celebrate. And of course National Poetry Month is also National Poetry Writing Month and one of the best ways to celebrate both is to take the NaPoWriMo pledge to write a poem a day. Learn more and get on board at NaPoWriMo.
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National Poetry Month poster designed by Roz Chast and inspired by Mark Strand