festival season

September 10, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts) and beyond. This year’s festival will be held remotely, and will take place September 14-20, 2020.

The schedule is out now and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson, and as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon.

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for individual programs in advance.

two poetry fundraisers

June 23, 2020

Two poetry organizations that are vital to Cascadia and to the wider world are holding virtual fundraising events and hope you will participate.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 6:00pm Pacific, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation presents Poemed and Uplifted, featuring poets Tony Curtis, Daemond Arrindell, Octavia Prosser, Olivia Elias, and Lucy Shainin. NOTE: “Due to a regional internet upload outage, we were unable to stream our live event. Thank you for your patience and I hope you will tune in on Sunday, June 28th at 6 PM for a re-broadcast of this event.”

Next Tuesday, June 30, at 5:00pm Pacific, Copper Canyon Press presents For the Future of Poetry, featuring Ellen Bass, Arthur Sze, and Jericho Brown, along with Editor-in-Chief Michael Wiegers.

Your generosity, in any amount, will be gratefully accepted.

Pulitzers

May 4, 2020

Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy has just announced the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes.

The finalists in poetry are:
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
Only As the Day Is Long by Dorianne Laux
Dunce by Mary Ruefle

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been awarded to Jericho Brown. Congratulations!

Watch the video of the announcement and read the full list of winners on the Pulitzer site.

on poetry

April 14, 2020


 
 
“I’ve always said that you know you’re a poet when you type an em dash and you hit the delete button, and you type a colon and you hit the delete button, and you type an em dash and you hit the delete button, and you type a colon and you hit the delete button. If you can do that for about three hours straight, trying to figure out which one is the best one, if you can do that for three hours and call that a good time, then you’re probably a poet.”
Jericho Brown
(b. April 14, 1976)

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new season!

July 9, 2018

The Seattle Arts & Lectures 2018/2019 season events are now posted and available for subscription.

The Poetry Series will feature

  • Alice Walker – October 4, 2018
  • Danez Smith – November 26, 2018
  • Solmaz Sharif – February 11, 2019
  • Ilya Kaminsky – April 1, 2019
  • HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Kimiko Hahn & friends – April 25, 2019
  • Jericho Brown – May 21, 2019

These events often sell out, and Poetry is just one of the series on offer. Visit the SAL Subscriptions page for more information.

listen up

April 3, 2015

Poetry Now

Got five minutes? Spend it at PoetryNow, a new podcast partnership between the Poetry Foundation and WFMT in Chicago. Each five-minute audio segment features a poet reading and talking about a single poem. You can subscribe to receive the twice-weekly releases or wait for them to show up on the Poetry Foundation website. See the announcement and the full schedule of upcoming episodes or go directly to the first PoetryNow segment, Jericho Brown reading and talking about his poem “Herman Finley.”

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