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February 1, 2021

Since it was published in October 2020, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (Penguin Random House) has appeared on one best-of list after another. Edited by Kevin Young, the collection of 250 poets writing about 250 years of “struggle and song” was called “Monumental and rapturous” by The New York Times.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, as part of the continuing programming inspired by this year’s Whatcom Reads title, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, local poets will read selections from African American Poetry and Dr. Bill Lyne, coordinator of African American Studies at Western Washington University, will moderate a discussion on African American literature. The event is free online, with advance registration.

are you listening?

January 27, 2020

While we often mention poetry podcasts, it was December 2013 when we noted the then-new New Yorker Poetry Podcast series. Happily, the series has been perking along ever since.

In the latest offering, The New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young is joined by Ellen Bass, who reads “Quahogs” by Frank X. Gaspar as well as her own poem “Because.”

Listen to the podcast and/or read the transcript of their conversation, with links to the poems, which appeared in the magazine. You can subscribe by way of the New Yorker app, available from the App Store or from Google Play.

three percent

November 24, 2018

The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2018. Three volumes of poetry are included:

  • Brown: Poems by Kevin Young
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Catch up with the complete list here.

good news

October 19, 2016

NEA Big Read

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read encourages and supports community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the program has for the first time added poetry titles to its list of books: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1999-2002 by Joy Harjo, and Book of Hours by Kevin Young.

The NEA Big Read offers a variety of programming nationwide, from family events and book discussion groups to theatrical adaptations, movie screenings, and more. Watch for news of NEA Big Read poetry in your community!


August 10, 2016

NYPL podcastHere’s another link for your poetry podcast file: New York Public Library Podcast #124: Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton on Food and Poetry (55 minutes).

The library hosts writers, artists, and thinkers for lectures and conversation and posts a new podcast almost every week on The NYPL Podcast page.

Learn more about Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton.

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