Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Maya Angelou Documentary Premieres Tonight, New Interview with Khaty Xiong & More

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February 21, 2017

Celebrate Women's History Month


We've put together a selection of favorite poems to kick off the start of Women's History Month next week that we hope you'll read and share throughout March, using #WomensHistoryMonth.


"sisters" by Lucille Clifton
"You Foolish Men" by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
"The Soul selects her own Society (303)" by Emily Dickinson
"[we fight back to control the outside]" by kari edwards
"Self-Portrait as Artemis" by Tarfia Faizullah
"Moon for Our Daughters" by Annie Finch
"Helen" by H. D.
"Love Poem" by Audre Lorde
"Landscape with Clinic and Oracle" by Lynn Melnick

"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton
"Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah" by Patricia Smith

Read poems, essays, and more for Women's History Month.


Read poems about gender.


Read poems about identity.


Women's History Month Playlist


Listen to an exclusive playlist of new poems read by women poets, including Jane Hirshfield, Parneshia Jones, Laura Kasischke, Eugenia Leigh, Anne Waldman, and more.

Writing from the Absence: Khaty Xiong


"An image is an invitation, and it is also a vessel of transportation," says Khaty Xiong in the new installment of our series Writing from the Absence: Voices of Hmong American Poets, curated by Walt Whitman winner Mai Der Vang. Read the full interview about Xiong's new poem.

P.O.P: Joseph O. Legaspi

P.O.P: Joseph O. Legaspi


Watch Joseph O. Legaspi read his poem "Imagined Love Poem to My Mother from My Father" and talk about his current poetic obsessions in the latest P.O.P video, produced by Rachel Eliza Griffths. 


Submit to Our Poetry Prizes


We're now accepting submission for the James Laughlin Award, given to support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, awarded to the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. Deadline: May 15.


Poetry Coalition on Migration


Poetry organizations across the country will join forces next month to feature events, projects, and publications on the shared theme Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration. We'll be devoting a week of Poem-a-Day to the effort, so keep an eye out. And join us in helping to spread the word using #WeComeFromEverything.


Jobs for Poets


Find your new arts job in our weekly Jobs for Poets roundup. This week's listing will include opportunities at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont, Caldera in Oregon, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers in Texas, among others. Check Stanza every Wednesday for more.

Poetry Breaks: Philip Levine

Poetry Breaks: Philip Levine


In this week's new Poetry Breaks video, Philip Levine reads his poem "A Late Answer," a somber but tender reflection on death and love in which he says, "we'll leave the world weighing / no more than when we came, / and the answer will be / the same, your hand in mine."


In Case You Missed It


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Part of the American Masters series, a new documentary film about the beloved poet premieres on February 21 on PBS across the United States.  


Audre Lorde in the Archives

Brain Pickings takes a look at a 1971 statement from Audre Lorde on identity and the importance of arts education and funding.


Rita Dove Awarded NAACP Image Award
Former Chancellor Rita Dove won a 2017 Image Award for her Collected Poems: 1974–2004.


Whitman in Alabama
A new documentary series brings Whitman's "Song of Myself" to Alabama.


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