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Celebrating Women's History Month

Poetry Foundation | Posted 03.16.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

Poems, articles, podcasts, and blog posts that explore women's history and women's rights. by The Editors POEMS "Pro Femina" by Carolyn Kizer "Pl...

My Life Is a Poem

Poetry Foundation | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

By Rhymefest Chicago is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It is beautifully tragic, with its political corruption, murder, suspense, segregation, ...

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
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...

Kansas She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.27.2015 | Home
Jill S. Tietjen

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

The Root | Hope Wabuke | Posted 04.16.2015 | Home

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month to celebrate the richness of American poetry. In its honor, here are 20 black...

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Home
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

Public Library Unveils Cubist-Inspired Obama Portrait

Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago

For some celebrated Chicago authors like Nelson Algren or poet Gwendolyn Brooks, their books are more widely-recognized than their portraits. Mean...

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Have you heard about the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame? It's a little well-kept secret that is starting to get out.

Poems About (Skipping) School

John Lundberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

The end of summer in America brings with it two absolutes: 1) school is back in session, and 2) kids are already practicing their small deceptions to get out of it.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

A Peek Inside Famous Writers’ Homes | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home

Last month, The New York Times ran a slideshow of Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights apartment, which will be up for sale shortly. This got us thinking ...

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's First Induction Ceremony Honors Our Greatest Writers

Donald G. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald G. Evans

It was like any party, I guess, except this was a party for dead people. Six dead people. Six dead writers.

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.

Three Poems For Martin Luther King Day

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
John Lundberg

The nation remembers Martin Luther King on Monday, so let's take a look at three poems that highlight different aspects of the civil rights movement.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relate: A Post-Earth Day Manifesto

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Simran Sethi

Ultimately, we can't shop our way to sustainability. Reduce is the first edict of environmentalism, with Re-use and Recycle following close behind.