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Stockton spoken-word artist makes it to finals of ‘America’s Got Talent’ (via KCRA)

Stockton native and spoken-word artist Brandon Leake is going to the finals of NBC’s “American’s Got Talent.” Leake performed a poem Tuesday night about his relationship with his father and how it impacted him growing up. On Wednesday, the voting results were in — and Leake made it to the finals! “America, thank you so … Continue reading Stockton spoken-word artist makes it to finals of ‘America’s Got Talent’ (via KCRA)

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A World Champion Slam Poet Pivots To Medicine (via NPR)

"Memories of my childhood live/between the rings of sand around my ankles/ and the desert heat in my lungs. I still believe that nothing washes/worry from tired skin better than the Nile/and my grandma's hands. Every day I go to school/with the weight of dead neighbors/on my shoulders." That's an excerpt from "People Like Us," … Continue reading A World Champion Slam Poet Pivots To Medicine (via NPR)

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Why CEOS need to read poetry to lead in the post-COVID world (via Fast Company)

“I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers … Live the questions now.” – … Continue reading Why CEOS need to read poetry to lead in the post-COVID world (via Fast Company)

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Lana Del Rey to come out with debut poetry book (via Indian Express)

Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey will soon publish her debut book of poems, which she says are “eclectic and honest” and written in “authentic spirit”. The e-audio spoken word album of select poems from the book will be available on July 28 followed by the hardcover release in September, publishers Simon & Schuster … Continue reading Lana Del Rey to come out with debut poetry book (via Indian Express)

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John Prine Named Illinois’ First Honorary Poet Laureate (via Rolling Stone)

The late John Prine has been named the first honorary poet laureate of the state of Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday, nearly three months after the singer-songwriter’s death from complications related to COVID-19. “He leaves behind an unparalleled musical legacy and was beloved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven … Continue reading John Prine Named Illinois’ First Honorary Poet Laureate (via Rolling Stone)

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Poetry Foundation Leadership Resigns After Black Lives Matter Statement (via NY Times)

The Poetry Foundation announced on Wednesday that its president and board chairman are resigning, several days after an open letter signed by more than 1,800 poets and others criticized the foundation’s recent statement on the Black Lives Matter movement and called for them to be replaced. The president, Henry Bienen, a former president of Northwestern … Continue reading Poetry Foundation Leadership Resigns After Black Lives Matter Statement (via NY Times)

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New Anthology Collects Dozens of Poems About Pandemic (via NY Times)

As the coronavirus spread in March, poet Ada Limon struggled at first to write, feeling “flattened and silenced” by a pandemic that had shut down much of the world she knew. “I could call nothing to me. I’d think of a sound, a word, a subject and it was all failing,” she told The Associated … Continue reading New Anthology Collects Dozens of Poems About Pandemic (via NY Times)

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Emory professor Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (via Atlanta INTown)

Jericho Brown, Emory’s Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, “The Tradition.” The 2020 Pulitzer Prizes were announced via video May 4. The prize for poetry is given annually to a “distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.” In selecting Brown’s book … Continue reading Emory professor Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (via Atlanta INTown)

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Poetry with purpose: Mahogany Browne educates with activism (via The Chronicle)

Social justice is often fought for through art, and one poet, educator, and activist has written her own way towards advocating for the truth. Mahogany Browne performed poetry at the Huxley Theatre in the New York State Museum on Thursday, and spoke with attendees about what her role as a poet, writer, activist, and educator … Continue reading Poetry with purpose: Mahogany Browne educates with activism (via The Chronicle)

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Imelda May on poetry and equality (via The Irish Post)

Full Title: "INTERVIEW: Imelda May on poetry and equality ahead of all-female 'Imagining Ireland' cultural event" THIS MONTH will see Irish singer, songwriter and poet Imelda May take to the stage at London's Barbican Hall as part of a one-night only, all-female line-up event showcasing some of the best talent Ireland has to offer. But … Continue reading Imelda May on poetry and equality (via The Irish Post)