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Sacramento resident and former restaurateur publishing debut book of poetry (via The Sacramento Bee)

Life isn’t linear. It’s full of twists and drops, peaks and pitfalls. Sometimes paths can only be seen from a certain distance down the road.K.M. English’s debut book of poetry isn’t particularly linear, either, both physically and emotionally. Set to be published by Tucson-based Kore Press on May 15, “Wave Says” draws from English’s settled life in … Continue reading Sacramento resident and former restaurateur publishing debut book of poetry (via The Sacramento Bee)

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(Video) RADI | Middle School

Additional Info: RADI performing "Middle School" at Write About Now Poetry. WANPOETRY is a community-oriented collective of poets that meet at AvantGarden in Houston, Texas every Wednesday at 7:30 PM with the purpose of providing a multimedia platform for poets to share their work. Information courtesy, YouTube

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage publishes elegy for Prince Philip (via Guardian)

Simon Armitage has written a poem to mark the death of Prince Philip, his first to address the royals in his time as poet laureate, saying that the obituaries had taught him that Prince Philip “hated sycophancy – I didn’t want to write anything that would have sounded sycophantic in his ears”.Titled The Patriarchs – … Continue reading Poet laureate Simon Armitage publishes elegy for Prince Philip (via Guardian)

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Five Los Angeles Poets on Life Beyond the Pandemic (via L.A. Times)

At dozens of cafes, libraries and bookstores — even a garage in Bell — Southern California teemed with poetry readings and open mike nights before COVID-19 took hold of the world.Some of these events managed to survive by migrating online. Others we’ve lost for good.Now, as the vaccination rollout continues and an end to the pandemic appears … Continue reading Five Los Angeles Poets on Life Beyond the Pandemic (via L.A. Times)

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Kevin Powell’s Poem “When I Found Malcolm X” (via Complex)

When I Found Malcolm XBy Kevin Powell I shed tears the way a dambursts wide open when exposedby an awful hurricanethat moment at age 18after the first time Ihungrily ate the words ofThe Autobiography of Malcolm Xbecause I did notknow a Black manlike him could even existI cried—hard—because they hadbowed and arrowedbullet after bulletinto Malcolm … Continue reading Kevin Powell’s Poem “When I Found Malcolm X” (via Complex)

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Are Book Launch Parties Needed Anymore? (via BookMarketingBuzzBlog)

One casualty of the pandemic in the publishing world, the book launch party, is sure to return. The only question is not “when,” but why”? The vast majority, and I mean like 99.5%, of book launch parties, are not profitable nor worthy of media attention. They can be big ego boosters and serve as fodder … Continue reading Are Book Launch Parties Needed Anymore? (via BookMarketingBuzzBlog)