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Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the face of this gritty, mysterious, and ever-changing dynamic we call being alive, it's nothing short of heroic that we are asked to choose life a...

Polishing the Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria is publishing my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores ...

A Poet Remembers Journalist James Foley

Daniel Johnson | Posted 09.03.2014 | Media
Daniel Johnson

American reporter James Foley, who was killed in Syria in August, was -- and is -- a brother to me. As courageous as Jim was, however, I don't think that it was danger or violence that drew him to this harrowing work. Rather, it was peoples' stories

Our Journey on Earth

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria is publishing my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores ...

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

One String

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

On Poetry Awards: Figures and Questions

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I write this blog to encourage discussion among poets regarding poetry awards. To do this, I will begin with showing some figures on the awards, along with some observations. Finally, I'll end by posing 10 questions.

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

So Much is Carried

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Kiss Everything on Fire

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Ahyo-oh'-oh-ni

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

World War I Poets: An Interview With Alfred Corn

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Therefore, I've decided to focus on the great poets of World War I through an interview with Alfred Corn, a poet equally well-recognized in both America and in the U.K.

For Nine-Week-Old Mira

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Running the Table

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

The Water Takes Many Forms

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Behind the Thunder

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

In Remembrance of Maya Angelou

Panache Desai | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Panache Desai

There is deep grief when a cultural touchstone such as Maya Angelou passes on, but her death is not an ending. It is an invitation for us to embody the possibility of love, peace, and inspiration within.

Still I Rise!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 07.30.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remember the day Maya Angelou came into my life. I was a high school student at a boarding school in a rural area of Mississippi. The words of such a great and prolific writer literally came off the pages at me.

Reflections on the Poetic Mother of a Generation, Dr. Maya Angelou

Ginnie Love | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Ginnie Love

You see, in our home Maya is a grandmother. And today that is what my soul feels it has lost. Mother Maya taught me that no matter my scars, I matter. More than that, I have a story(ies) to tell, which I am meant to tell. As one of my life teachers she taught me much about the subject.

Bareback

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

There are times when how we operate in the world just turns upside down. This poem speaks to such a time for me. Bareback No question I've been knoc...

Dispelling the Myth of the Poet: Why All Writers Should Defend Their Craft

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

I cannot blame people for their lack of understanding. Most educated individuals who spend countless dollars on university expect that other people are on a similar trajectory.

You Ask about Poetry

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The longer I'm blessed to be here, the more I realize (make real) the wonder that poetry is a state of being and not a craft of language. You Ask abo...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Without Knowing

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Our first encounters with love shape us and have a lasting impact on how we meet the world. Triggered by a young couple in a café, this poem helped m...