PoetryNow: New Broadcast and Podcast Series Showcases Contemporary Poets #NaPoMo

Poetry Now is a new series from the Poetry Foundation. The audio recordings provide an introduction to the featured poet, commentary from the poet regarding the poem, and then a reading of the poem.

“rl txt” Writing Opportunity

For one session from June 1 to June 12, and for a second session from June 15 to June 26, ASU will be hosting a summer writing camp for grades 3 through 12. The program will offer a creative and collaborative environment in which writers can develop their voice as they write in a variety of genres. Tuition is $300 and scholarships are available.

Read more about the program here:

I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time.

Robert Hass
(via poetsorg)


Richard Brody on John Szwed’s new book, “Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth”:

In general, the desire of even the most discerning
critics, such as Szwed, to separate art and life, to analyze the formal
traits of works as if they were dissociable from the experience and the
emotions that inspire them and that they convey, is both noble and
doomed—noble, because artists deserve to be honored for their
achievements, and doomed, because the formal and systematic nature of
those achievements isn’t what makes them endure. The individuality, the
immense complexity of inner life that art conveys—including Holiday’s
seemingly straightforward and instantly appreciable art—doesn’t occur in
a laboratory-like isolation.

Photograph by Charles Hewitt / LIFE / Getty


Here’s day 7 of ‪#‎wtrwrites‬! Inspired by Rachel McKibbens, today’s prompt works by following the structure of “I opened…” (for example: “I opened the letter and out came a pair of teeth / I opened the teeth and found my brother) Have fun discovering and make sure to tag your pieces with #wtrwrites for the chance to win a Winter Tangerine prize pack!