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Where Stands Postmodern American Poetry: Is Paul Hoover's Anthology the Final Word?

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

There is a rich context for this update of the now-standard anthology of postmodern American poetry, the one Paul Hoover first compiled in 1994, and which now, at nearly 1,000 pages, seeks to be the definitive reference for those seeking a comprehensive overview of the state of experimental American poetry.

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

The Root | Hope Wabuke | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices

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...

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

National Medal Awards at the White House

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.

Al Pacino And A Poet Are Among Obama's National Medal Honorees

AP | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday honored several artists, writers and organizations for their contributions to the nation, and pled...

Multiculturalism Vs. 'Good' Poetry

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 02.21.2012 | Home
The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Helen Vendler, Rita Dove's Penguin Anthology selection expressed a preference for "multicultural inclusiveness," choosing poets "for their themes rather than style." Did Vendler offer fair comment, or did she trash the century's non-white poets?

White House Poetry Jam: A Poet's Point Of View

Patrick Pressl | Posted 07.15.2011 | Arts
Patrick Pressl

On May 11th President Obama and the First Lady hosted an evening of poetry and music at the White House, the second of such events since the President...

Obamas To Celebrate Artists With White House Poetry Night

AP | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will celebrate American poetry and prose with a gathering of poets, musicians and artists...

James Richardson Wins Jackson Poetry Prize

Poets & Writers | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books

Poets & Writers, Inc. announced today that James Richardson is the fifth winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize. The $50,000 prize is given annually to ho...

The End of the Book

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Vander Ark

In 1994 Rita Dove was the Poet Laureate of the United States, Tim Berners-Lee formed The World Wide Web Consortium at MIT, and I was a new public school superintendent.

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

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.