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Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir is the first published memoir by a Hmong-American writer. Hmongs are an ethnic Asian group with a rich culture and roots in China and Laos. The Hmong’s history is little known in the West, although it’s been deeply entwined with the United...
"This has made me realize there's a poem for everyone." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Congratulations to Minnesota high school senior Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe), the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Callery, who attends Arcadia Charter School, earned top...
Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Vermont will battle it out tonight to see who will claim the title of 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award! Watch the competition tonight...
Inspired by a Chicago program of the same name, Matt Mason, executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective , launched the Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival with the goal of giving young people first-hand experience with what he described as, "what poetry and creative...
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth." — June Jordan , 1981 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Celebrate #National Poetry Month with the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! Watch the regional semifinals on Tuesday, April 30 on arts.gov from 9am -...
You can find NEA Big Read author Stephanie Burt among the obscure fandoms of comic books, indie rock bands, women’s basketball, science fiction, and, above all, poetry. She’s written several books on how to read poetry, given a TED talk called “Why People Need Poetry” that’s been viewed over a...
According to Anne Teschner, executive director of the Community Adolescent Resources and Education Center (The Care Center) , the young women enrolled at the Care Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, gain confidence in themselves through the Paper City Poetry Project's Readers and Writers Series—a...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a sophomore studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
It’s no secret that the U.S. has a rich history and culture of cowboys and ranchers. But while we may be familiar with the image of the cowboy from country songs and movie westerns, there is also a strong tradition of capturing ranching life in literature, particularly the genre of poetry known as...
"Learning a poem by heart makes us participants in a uniquely human experience with pre-history origins. A poem learned by heart can circumvent the head, comfort the soul, distract demons, and provide entertainment for the restless." — Jan Seale, 1982 National Endowment for the Arts Creative...

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