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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)

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Former Exotic Dancer Mizhani Shares How She Healed Through Travel & Poetry (via Travel Noire)

After years of shining bright in some of America’s most popular strip clubs, former exotic dancer Tiara ‘Mizhani’ Walton, 32, is hanging up her cape in exchange for peace of mind. The Detroit dancer rose to stardom fast and in 2014, at the age of 23-years-old, was named the queen of King of Diamonds in Miami. … Continue reading Former Exotic Dancer Mizhani Shares How She Healed Through Travel & Poetry (via Travel Noire)

How to Celebrate Black History Month in Sarasota (via Sarasota Magazine)

Poets Unplugged: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Fogartyville Media & Community Art Center The first in a series of four events hosted by spoken word artist Melanie Lavender. The theme for the event is “Truth and Power.” Local poets are invited to participate in the open mic prior to the featured … Continue reading How to Celebrate Black History Month in Sarasota (via Sarasota Magazine)

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Fayetteville’s poetry community shares the art of spoken word (via The Fayetteville Observer)

As a teenager in Fayetteville, Neil Ray found his passion for writing poetry and noticed there wasn't a prominent community of poets in the city, so he started one. Since the late 1990s, Ray has worked to build up the poetry community in the Fayetteville area. As a member of the Writer's Guild, a Fayetteville writers … Continue reading Fayetteville’s poetry community shares the art of spoken word (via The Fayetteville Observer)

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Youth Poet Laureate Alexandra Huynh about Stanford, Amanda Gorman and more (via The Lily)

For Alexandra Huỳnh, life these days is anything but ordinary. The 19-year-old poet and California native began her college career in the fall, when the world was deep into the second year of the pandemic. While attending English and engineering classes at Stanford University, she’s been balancing her duties as the national youth poet laureate, a … Continue reading Youth Poet Laureate Alexandra Huynh about Stanford, Amanda Gorman and more (via The Lily)

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Eminem-inspired rapper-poet says writing saved his life (via BBC)

Click here to view the video for Duke Al Durham's “We Are Heroes.” A rapper-poet who began writing to escape intrusive thoughts has said the process "saved my life".Duke Al Durham kept his poems secret for years, but now hopes they will help others.The 27-year-old, from Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, has called for a National Poetry … Continue reading Eminem-inspired rapper-poet says writing saved his life (via BBC)