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African American Poetry

Curiously Strong

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.16.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

Black History Month Musings: on Langston Hughes and the 'Best New Poets'

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.12.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.

Celebrate Poetry Month: Dream of Your Dreams

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.01.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It must be no accident that National Poetry Month starts on April 1st, because what are poems but a fine foolery, or a fine frenzy as Theseus would have it, in Act V of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Congratulations, Naomi Long Madgett

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.31.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

We at InsideOut Literary Arts gave a cheer at the news that Naomi Long Madgett was awarded the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award. She continues to be a powerful, generous force for poetry in Detroit and around the country.

White House Poetry Reading Leaked! Billy Collins, Elizabeth Alexander, and Secret Rejection Letter

Anis Shivani | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The White House poetry reading is on May 11. But PoetryLeaks got a hold of the goings-on before the big day!

Literary Food Fight:

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The question of influence is a tricky one in the literary realm, but surely, if there are undeniable progenitors of today's collective poetry output, these are the ones.

The 17 Most Important Poetry Books Of Fall 2010

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

There's much to be excited about, and these selections give a fair indication of the presses putting out the most important poetry of the day and the degree of vitality of various poetic styles.

Bad Dreams From My Grandfather

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Shadowy non-state actors contemplate flattening an American city with a device smuggled into the United States at one hundred possible ports of entry.