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Curating a fresh mixtape of Black British poetry (via Guardian)

Full Title: "'The poems began to dance among themselves': curating a fresh mixtape of Black British poetry (via Guardian)" A companion to 1998’s The Fire People, Kayo Chingonyi’s anthology creates a space for a new generation of voices to express the wide range of their work.Putting together an anthology is, as the American poet Katrina … Continue reading Curating a fresh mixtape of Black British poetry (via Guardian)

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Milwaukee names Mario Willis next poet laureate (via CBS 58)

Milwaukee has named a new poet laureate and he's excited to get to work. Mario Willis is a Milwaukee native and has been featured throughout the city as a performer and writing guide. For more than 16 years, Willis has collaborated with nationally recognized spoken word artists and award-winning poets. For the next two years, Willis will … Continue reading Milwaukee names Mario Willis next poet laureate (via CBS 58)

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Eric Yip, the youngest ever winner of the UK’s National Poetry Competition (via The Tab)

Full Title: "The Tab sits down with the youngest ever winner of the National Poetry Prize (via The Tab)" Midway through the Easter holidays, The Tab sat down for a Zoom call with Britain’s youngest ever winner of the National Poetry Prize. Eric Yip, an Economics student at Lucy Cavendish College, spoke to The Tab … Continue reading Eric Yip, the youngest ever winner of the UK’s National Poetry Competition (via The Tab)

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Adrian Matejka Joins Poetry Magazine as New Editor (Press Release)

Bringing fresh energy to an enduring literary publication Image courtesy, Polina Osherov CHICAGO, IL, April 26, 2022 —The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce that Adrian Matejka will join Poetry as the new editor beginning May 16. Matejka is the first Black editor to ever lead Poetry in the magazine’s history; he was selected through a national search. “We are thrilled to welcome … Continue reading Adrian Matejka Joins Poetry Magazine as New Editor (Press Release)

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This road to redemption began with a poetry book slipped under a prison cell door (via Washington Examiner)

Reginald Dwayne Betts was first introduced to poetry when an unknown person slid a copy of Dudley Randall’s The Black Poets under his prison cell door.Betts had just landed himself in prison at age 16 after a night filled with bad decisions. He joined a friend and a bunch of guys he hardly knew and went looking for trouble. … Continue reading This road to redemption began with a poetry book slipped under a prison cell door (via Washington Examiner)

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Poet turns health care workers’ stories into custom poems (via UAB News)

An artist is creating poems after listening to health care staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham tell stories of their experiences.Salaam Green, an artist-in-residence with UAB Arts in Medicine, is a certified Listener Poet. Through the Listener Poet program, the poets hold space for people to share whatever is on their minds, which is reflected back … Continue reading Poet turns health care workers’ stories into custom poems (via UAB News)

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Untethered by pandemic, Oregon’s poet laureate seeks new ways for poetry to foster joy and connection (via OPB)

When Anis Mojgani first learned he might be Oregon’s next poet laureate, the COVID-19 pandemic had not taken off in the U.S. “I was excited at the possibility of seeing the state like I never have and, of course, it was very much not the case,” he said. A few months later, the Oregon Cultural Trust officially announced … Continue reading Untethered by pandemic, Oregon’s poet laureate seeks new ways for poetry to foster joy and connection (via OPB)

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How fiction and poetry can help you navigate a loved one’s dementia (via Washington Post)

On the way to Albuquerque for a holiday with my parents, I bought a used audio version of Nicholas Sparks’s “The Notebook” at a truck stop outside Flagstaff, Ariz. Told mostly in flashback, the sentimental 1940s love story was diverting enough to get me through six hours of desert highway. However, it was the present-day … Continue reading How fiction and poetry can help you navigate a loved one’s dementia (via Washington Post)

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Ilya Kaminsky on his viral poem “We Lived Happily During the War” and Ukrainian resistance (via Slate)

The Ukrainian American poet Ilya Kaminsky’s book Deaf Republic tells the story of a city under siege from an occupying force, and the steps the citizens to fight back. It also portrays the experience of watching conflict from a safe distance—something many Americans have experienced this week as images of the Russian invasion of Ukraine flood our … Continue reading Ilya Kaminsky on his viral poem “We Lived Happily During the War” and Ukrainian resistance (via Slate)

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Warsan Shire talks to Bernardine Evaristo about becoming a superstar poet (via Guardian)

Full Title: "Warsan Shire talks to Bernardine Evaristo about becoming a superstar poet: ‘Beyoncé sent flowers when my children were born’ (via Guardian)" When an email from Beyoncé’s office first landed in Warsan Shire’s inbox, she assumed it was some kind of prank. It wasn’t. Beyoncé – the real Beyoncé – was inviting Shire, a 27-year-old British-Somali … Continue reading Warsan Shire talks to Bernardine Evaristo about becoming a superstar poet (via Guardian)