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Marking Twenty Years of National Poetry Month

Jennifer Benka | Posted 04.16.2017 | Home
Jennifer Benka

What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.

Telling It True: A Talk with Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 03.17.2017 | Home
Ann Tashi Slater

Elizabeth Alexander (Credit: Alpha Smoot) Poet, essayist, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander was in Tokyo recently to kick off the Tokyo International ...

Lorraine at 92 Toasts the Vanguard at 80

Barry Singer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Lorraine Gordon is twelve years older than The Village Vanguard, which this past week celebrated its eightieth birthday. Lorraine -- who has owned the Vanguard since her husband, Max Gordon, passed in 1989 -- is, at 93, an inescapably frailer version of what she has always been: indomitable.

Teacher Admits Asking Student To Send Photo Of His Penis: Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.30.2014 | Crime

A Kentucky high school teacher faces sex abuse charges after admitting that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male stude...

The Hazards of an Inauguration Sans Poetry

Purvi Shah | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Purvi Shah

When we do have poetry ringing from austere offices, what do we gain? If the launch of our progress comes from the incantations of a poet, so be it. After all, who better than a poet to turn a last word into our first step?

Natasha Trethewey in My Classroom

Monica Edinger | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Monica Edinger

Natasha Trethewey was my school's artist-in-residence in 2007 and so I am absolutely delighted that she has just been named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate.

Literature Leaps into the 22nd Century, Lands Awkwardly

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

As scientists improve their ability to manipulate the genome, will a market might emerge for people who want to imprint quotes into their own DNA, or even their children's, as a sort of genetic tattoo?

America's Most Prominent Emerging Poets Respond to the Obama Administration

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. The resulting anthology is very revealing.

Great Poems for Black History Month

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Travis Nichols

I humbly offer a brief selection of classic and contemporary poems that explore and celebrate the rich tradition of African-American poetry.

Poetry Best Sellers Of 2009

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Travis Nichols

Every week, the Poetry Foundation compiles information from Nielsen Bookscan and puts together lists of the best selling books of poetry. Here are 2009's best selling books of contemporary poetry:

"My Memory Curves Like a Watermelon Rind"

Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christian Nwachukwu, Jr.

The young students were washed in that end of year glow where everything is bright, and each day is a gift as life closes in on the season that makes everyone free: summer.

Follow the Artists to Our New Democracy

Tanene Allison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tanene Allison

It was a poet who gave our nation, and new President, the words that led to our visioning of how this time of potential and possibility could become real.

HuffPost Readers, Hit It Home: Submit To Us A Poem That Inspires You During Hard Times

Verena von Pfetten | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Verena von Pfetten

We spend a lot of time on the Living page focusing on all the different ways we can work on improving and bringing more meaning to our lives. And one ...

Reflections on "The Poem"

Ben Rosen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ben Rosen

Let's compare Elizabeth Alexander's poem with one written for an earlier president. I dug up the 77-line poem, "Dedication", that Robert Frost wrote for JFK's 1961 inauguration.

A Closer Look At The Inaugural Poem

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

I hope that, like me, you enjoyed Elizabeth Alexander's reading of her poem "Praise Song for the Day." I've gone back to read it again since the inau...

Two Parades. Two Coasts. One Hope.

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

Just as Martin Luther King's dream could not have endured if it was his alone, President Obama's hope and promise can't endure if we don't help shoulder the burden.

Take Me to the Intersection of Poetry and Journalism

Jane Dwyre Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jane Dwyre Garton

Journalists today are often stressed rather than inspired. Bring on the poetry. Bring on new voices. Tell us something that matters with words that tell us about the world, about the human condition.

Inaugural Poet Previews Obama Work

NY Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"To have great poetry there must be great audiences, too," Walt Whitman said. He was talking about the quality of a poet's readers. But there is littl...

Elizabeth Alexander: Obama's Pick For Inaugural Poet

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Barack Obama has chosen Elizabeth Alexander to read a poem at his inauguration. A well-regarded poet and professor at Yale, Alexander is also a frien...