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"Write the stories you've always wanted to read. Allow yourself to be the main character of your narrative. Become both the window and the mirror for those who read your work. Lean into fear. Write the hard poem." — Elizabeth Acevedo In addition to being an accomplished writer—she was at the...
"Don't write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover." -- Yusef Komunyakaa Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more about poet and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Yusef Komunyakaa and to read some of his poems.
In recent months, I’ve come across various news articles and at least one press release declaring that social media has contributed greatly to poetry’s readership. Some of these sources even attribute to the technology a bump in 2017 poetry book sales. While it remains unknown how much of that...
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...
When Janae Claxton transferred to a new school as a sophomore, she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in her twin passions—volleyball and theater. Conflicting schedules, however, meant that it was impossible to pursue both. Though Claxton was disappointed to let go of theater, she soon...
"[Poetry Out Loud] really does change your life. It really does have that power. For me, it changed my identity, made me see myself differently [and realize...
In honor of tonight's Poetry Out Loud National Finals and National Poetry Month, we've rounded up some #WednesdayWisdom from poets we've interviewed for the Art Works blog over the years. (Click on each poet's name to read their interview.) And don't forget to watch the live #POL18 National Finals...
Out of more than 310,000 Poetry Out Loud competitors nationwide this academic year, there could only be one National Champion. Georgia senior Samara Elán Huggins claimed that title at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last week, with powerful recitations that earned her top marks from the judges...
"We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." — Gregory Pardlo Gregory Pardlo , recipient of a 2006 NEA Literature Fellowship for a Translation Project, is the very definition...
Click on the name of the poem to read the full text. What's your favorite winter poem? "snowfall makes no noise,/ falls as forgetting falls,/ flake after flake." — "The Snowfall is so Silent" by Miguel de Unamuna "The paint is pretty well worn off,/ But then I take the lead;/ A dandy sled's a...

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