Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#WeComeFromEverything: Join the National Conversation with Poems, Poets This Month

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March 8, 2017

Because We Come from Everything


This month, poetry organizations across the country are collaborating on the initiative Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. We invite you to join us in this effort by sharing these poems about migration, learning more, and helping to spread the word with #WeComeFromEverything.


"Peace Path" by Heid E. Erdrich
"We All Return to the Place Where We Were Born" by Oscar Gonzales
"Migration" by Major Jackson
"In Exile" by Emma Lazarus
"Immigrant Blues" by Li-Young Lee
"Business" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Trailing Clouds of Glory" by Vijay Seshadri
"Peaches" by Adrienne Su
"Mannahatta" by Walt Whitman

Learn More about Poetry & Migration


Take a look at our curated collection of audio recordings, essays, books, poems, lesson plans, and other resources on migration, presented as part of the Poetry Coalition's inaugural effort. And keep an eye out for a special week of poems by contemporary poets related to the theme of migration in Poem-a-Day, starting March 20.

Traveling Stanzas

Traveling Stanzas


Watch this video, part of the Wick Poetry Center's migration-themed Traveling Stanzas project, in which Usama Halak, a Syrian refugee, talks about being imprisoned for twelve years, living in Aleppo, and finding joy through literature.


A Special Statement from Our Chancellors


In light of possible proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, for the first time ever, the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets have come together to offer a statement in support of federal funding.


New Audio Poem Playlist


Find out what poems you may have missed last month with this new playlist, featuring all of the audio poems we added in February. Listen to brand-new poems by Parneshia Jones, Joanna Klink, Matthew Siegel, Danez Smith, and more.

Submit to Our Poetry Prizes


We're currently accepting submissions to the $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and $5,000 James Laughlin Award, which also includes a weeklong residency at The Betsy Hotel in Florida. Both winning books will be distributed to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members. Deadline: May 15.


Jobs for Poets


Visit Stanza for our free, curated Jobs for Poets roundup, updated weekly with the latest arts jobs from across the country. In this week's roundup, look out for jobs at Artes de la Rosas in Fort Worth, Texas, and Bennington College in Vermont, among others.

P.O.P: Patricia Spears Jones

P.O.P: Patricia Spears Jones


Watch Patricia Spears Jones tell the story of her birth with the music of Billie Holiday, Etta James, Little Richard, and more in her poem "The Birth of Rhythm and Blues" in this week's new P.O.P. video, produced by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.


In Case You Missed It


Robert Lowell's Centennial
This month marks the centennial of Robert Lowell, born March 1, 1917.


Claudia Rankine, The Art of Poetry No. 102
Chancellor Claudia Rankine talks Citizen, public engagement, and race in The Paris Review.


The Poetry Coalition Takes Flight
Poets & Writers takes a look at the Poetry Coalition.


Communal Pondering in a Noisy World
Chancellor Marilyn Nelson discusses poetry, history, silence, and meditation in this interview.


Juan Felipe Herrera on What America Should Be Reading
U.S. Poet Laureate and former Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera tells The Washington Post his poetry picks for America right now.


American Women in the Arts
Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander is included in Vogue's feature on important women in the arts, all photographed by Lorna Simpson.


The Academy of American Poets is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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