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Spoken Word Is The Most Empowering Art Form Out There (via Refinery29)

Full Title: "Spoken Word Is The Most Empowering Art Form Out There – 5 Women Tell Us Why (via Refinery29)" Spoken word is far from the pretentious stereotype that we've seen mimicked in TV and films over the years. You know the one; a beret-wearing, roll-up-smoking grad student shouting angrily into a microphone against the exposed … Continue reading Spoken Word Is The Most Empowering Art Form Out There (via Refinery29)

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The Poetry to the People tour brings renowned poets to deliver readings outside Carnegie Library (via Pittsburgh City Paper)

On Sat., June 15, visitors to Carnegie Library's main branch will find collections of books to borrow not only inside the building but outside of it. The Poetry to the People tour is a multi-city book truck road trip — beginning in New York and ending in New Orleans — that brings free books and … Continue reading The Poetry to the People tour brings renowned poets to deliver readings outside Carnegie Library (via Pittsburgh City Paper)

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UVM’s Major Jackson Selected as Co-Editor of ‘The Best American Poetry’ (via Seven Days)

Acclaimed poet and South Burlington resident Major Jackson, an English professor at the University of Vermont, has been selected as co-editor of the 2019 edition of The Best American Poetry. Yes, non-poetry peeps: that is a BFD. The anthology, published by Simon & Schuster, is slated for release on September 10 — the day after Jackson’s 51st birthday. … Continue reading UVM’s Major Jackson Selected as Co-Editor of ‘The Best American Poetry’ (via Seven Days)

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Introducing Nevada’s Newest Poet Laureates (via KNPR)

Poetry is artistic language meant to stir your imagination... it can also be a little intimidating. Nevada's new poet laureates want to change that. Heather Lang Cassera will become Clark County's poet laureate on June 1, and Pan Pantoja is Reno's 2019 poet laureate. “The role of a poet laureate can vary a little bit … Continue reading Introducing Nevada’s Newest Poet Laureates (via KNPR)

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Oxford poetry professor contest kicks off amid growing controversy (via Guardian)

Just weeks after Simon Armitage was named the UK’s next poet laureate, the contest for the country’s second most important role in poetry has begun. Voting has opened for Oxford University’s next professor of poetry, with two of the country’s best known practitioners, Alice Oswald and Andrew McMillan, both in the running. Candidates for the four-year … Continue reading Oxford poetry professor contest kicks off amid growing controversy (via Guardian)

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Simon Armitage named UK’s poet laureate (via Guardian)

The West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage, a former probation officer who describes his writing as “no-brow”, has been appointed as the UK’s 21st poet laureate. Armitage, who received a phone call from Theresa May offering him the position on Thursday, said his parents cried when he told them the news – he had made them particularly … Continue reading Simon Armitage named UK’s poet laureate (via Guardian)

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Upstart Arts and Poetry Creative Community, Thalia, Launches First Print Magazine (via Yahoo)

Thalia Magazine ("Thalia") is excited to announce the launch of their first print collection, available for pre-order beginning May 2019. The magazine, co-founded by sisters Julia and Amelia Haney in late 2017, celebrates artists, designers, poets, and other creatives who identify with womanhood and artistic expression, from Boston to New York, London to Paris, and worldwide. "Our issues are galleries that you can hold in … Continue reading Upstart Arts and Poetry Creative Community, Thalia, Launches First Print Magazine (via Yahoo)

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LISD students win at 16th annual poetry contest (via Laredo Morning Times)

Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou are famous poets we often learn and hear about. However, LISD students are taking note, improving their skills, becoming poets and winning contests for their use of aesthetic and rhythmic words. Close to 800 students participated in the 16th annual poetry contest with the Laredo Poetry Festival. The year’s theme … Continue reading LISD students win at 16th annual poetry contest (via Laredo Morning Times)

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Hunt for next poet laureate still on as Imtiaz Dharker says no to job (via Guardian)

The acclaimed poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the poet laureateship, the highest honour in British poetry, citing a need to focus on her writing – and despite reports that she was set to be named as the next holder of the position. “I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the … Continue reading Hunt for next poet laureate still on as Imtiaz Dharker says no to job (via Guardian)

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Artists Form Communities in The District Through Spoken Word (via The Hoya)

Washington, D.C., is a hub for creative thought and expression through spoken word performances, from low-key open mics every night of the week to exhilarating formal competitions. Spoken word employs flowing metaphors and mellifluous alliterations to evoke emotions ranging from sorrow to joy. These performances, often based on personal experiences, range across a variety of … Continue reading Artists Form Communities in The District Through Spoken Word (via The Hoya)