Dear Kwame Alexander, Thank you for making us openly weep last year at the ILA conference when you said, “The mind of an adult begins with the imagination of a child,” and “all kids are the good kids” When we heard you say those words and the room burst into thunderous applause, we knew […]
Askia M. Toure, poet, activist, and a leading voice in The Black Arts Movement, is April 20 Poet of the Day. Read more about this fascinating poet below.
The History Makers: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/askia-toure-41
Journal of Pan African Studies: http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol5no7/5.67Askia.pdf
Videos: “A History of Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movement”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiTKQRfVu1Q; “Nubian Dawn: A Goddess Smiles”: https://vimeo.com/19921546; “Black Writers Museum”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyWFwuk1WUM; “Spit Fire Poetry Fest”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFwmsjiaHeU
Cheryl Clarke, educator, poet, activist and more, is April 19 Poet of the Day. Read about this fascinating feminist poet below.
Wanda Coleman, also known as the “L. A. Bluesman”, is April 17 Poet of the Day. Read more about this fascinating poet below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/wanda-coleman
Poet Society of America: https://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/crossroads/qa_american_poetry/wanda_coleman/
Afro Poets: http://www.afropoets.net/wandacoleman.html
Videos: “Where I Live”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPJTI8WWI0E; “Wanda, Why Aren’t You Dead?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALI-QlOU_ok; “My Car”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF8G5qYP2UY; “Luvina Reading”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izl8ktxEI6U Interviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eltV25FLh_I; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7wzNRf6mJs
Terrance Hayes is my April 14 Poet of the Day. Read more about this poet below:
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/terrance-hayes
National Book Awards: http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2010_p_hayes.html#.VeKLE3vluEA
My belated poet of the day posts are slowly but surely coming! April 13 Poet of the Day is Anne Spencer, a Harlem Renaissance poet. More information about her is listed below:
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/anne-spencer
Modern American Poetry: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/spencer/spencer.htm
Afro Poets.Net: http://www.afropoets.net/annespencer.html
Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum: http://www.annespencermuseum.com/poetry.php
Tracy K. Smith is April 9 Poet of the Day. Read more about this award winning poet below.
Youtube video: “Imagining the Universe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW7WIJaSfl4, PEN World Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGEI9vWOGxs, “The Good Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUn4DWu7b4U
Sjohnna McCray, Walt Whitman award winner poet, is Day 2 Poet of the Day. Read more about this poet below:
Poem: “Agnostic Front”: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/agnostic-front