In this digital and divided society, it can often seem that language is used primarily to deliver criticism and express rage. But poet Ada Limón shares her humble opinion on why she sees people turning to poetry for language that…
By Jennifer Hijazi
It is in our quiet observations, poet Jenny Xie says, that we can find ourselves when we’re on the move.
When Allison Adelle Hedge Coke wrote her poem “America, I Sing Back,” she considered each word a note in a larger song about the nation. “I thought about America singing. That’s why this poem is a song -- a voice…
By Jennifer Hijazi
A new poetry collection invites readers to explore the diversity of American experiences in a different light.
By Lora Strum, Patty Gorena Morales
A proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is the product of “the underworld” in one calavera literaria written for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.
Marie Colvin "was killed in an attempt to silence her and others reporting from that place,” poet and friend Alan Jenkins said.
Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet and filmmaker and co-director of “Project Voice,” an organization that partners with schools to bring poetry into the classroom. He shares one of his poems, “Surplus,” for a brief but spectacular take on his…
Poet Heather Jacobsen can't forget how a hurricane shattered her neighborhood. Those indelible memories appear in her work "City Turned to Inland Lake."…
A young boy pushes a girl off a swing because he likes her. “Boys will be boys,” a teacher explains. Years later, a boy drinks a bit too much and hits his girlfriend. The same words echo in the girl’s…
By Corinne Segal
Raych Jackson spent countless nights of her childhood sitting on Chicago porches with her friends' hands in her hair -- feeling the intimacy of touch and the pain as they pulled tight, hearing the sounds of gossip flying around her.
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