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National Poetry Month

Rickey Laurentiis. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths When I first contacted poet Rickey Laurentiis a few weeks ago, he was preparing to defend his MFA thesis at Washington University in St. Louis. This, I thought, was ironic: the 24-year-old has been awarded an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Cave Canem...
Citywide Poets alumnus and community liaison Justin Rogers performs his spoken word in Detroit. Photo courtesy of InsideOut Literary Arts Project In 2011, InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit launched a Big Read program around the poetry of Emily Dickinson, an ideal choice for an organization...
Take a Poem by flickr user pedrosimoes7 Take a Poem by flickr user pedrosimoes7 Well, it's officially April. Not only does this mark the start of National Poetry Month, but it's also time to begin our countdown to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington...