The African American Experience: Well Read Black Girl Reading List at JMRL — grow. learn. connect.

Well Read Black Girl is “an inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl.” Below is a list of titles recommended in the book by Black authors that you can check out from JMRL. Non-Fiction I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by […]

The African American Experience: Well Read Black Girl Reading List at JMRL — grow. learn. connect.

Book Review: Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Reviewed by Lila Quintero Weaver FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot—the Hispanics featured in this collection come from many different backgrounds and from many different countries. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today! Poems spotlight Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, […]

via Book Review: Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael López — Latinxs in Kid Lit

Letter to Kwame Alexander

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 […]

via An Open Thank You Letter to Kwame Alexander — Nerdy Book Club

April 12 Poet of the Day: Quincy Troupe

Although it is officially May, I shall continue with the April Poet and Jazz posts.  April 12 Poet of the Day is Quincy Troupe.  Read more about this prolific and fascinating writer below.

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Website: http://www.quincytroupe.com/

Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/quincy-troupe

Poets.org: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/quincy-troupe

Books written by Quincy Troupe from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Quincy-Troupe/e/B001ILMAXK

Youtube videos:
“Forty One Seconds”:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2z-MQc6VGc,  “Interview” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIR3eSCLiDw, “Conversation” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTuSJnl_sDY

April 11: Poet of the Day: Sherley Anne Williams

Sherley Anne Williams, poet, author, and social critic, is April 11 Poet of the Day.  Read more about this multitalented poet below.

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Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sherley-anne-williams

Black Past: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/williams-sherley-anne-1944-1999

Voices From the Gap: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/williamsSherley.php

Youtube videos: “Dessa Rose” (novel written by Sherley Anne Williams): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-nQzDMQHp4, “Dessa Rose Trailer”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rTo3Y3J16o

April 10 Poet of the Day: Kevin Young

Kevin Young, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, is April 10 Poet of the Day.  Read more about this award winning poet below.

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Website: http://kevinyoungpoetry.com/home.html

Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/kevin-young

Poets.org: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/kevin-young

NPR: http://www.npr.org/2014/03/04/285712680/kevin-young-on-blues-poetry-and-laughing-to-keep-from-crying

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/young.html

Youtube video: “Blending Music in Poetry”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7s8xIp7dk

Poem “The Dry Spell”

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The Dry Spell

Kevin Young, 1970
Waking early
with the warming house
my grandmother knew what to do
taking care not to wake
Da Da 		she cooked up a storm
in darkness 	adding silent spices
and hot sauce

to stay cool. She ate later, alone
after the children had been gathered
and made to eat
her red eggs. Da Da rose
late, long after
the roosters had crowed
his name, clearing
an ashy throat
pulling on long
wooly underwear
to make him sweat

even more. The fields have gone
long enough without water
he liked to say, so can I
and when he returned
pounds heavier
from those thirsty fields
he was even cooler
losing each soaked
woolen skin
to the floor, dropping
naked rain in his
wife’s earthen arms.

From The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney. Copyright © 2007 by Kevin Young. Reprinted with permission of the University of Georgia Press.

April 9 Poet of the Day: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is April 9 Poet of the Day.  Read more about this award winning poet below.

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Poets.org: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/tracy-k-smithhttp://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/line-between-two-worlds-tracy-k-smith-and-elizabeth-alexander-conversation

NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/27/145985904/newspoet-tracy-k-smith-writes-the-day-in-verse

Pulitzer: http://www.pulitzer.org/biography/2012-Poetry

PBS: http://video.pbs.org/video/1929273566/

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