Posted in diversity, Special Announcement

Diversity in Representation

In case you were looking for some totally badass female authors of color, here’s the newest from HuffPo interviewing Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl. I’ll add to the list two personal favorites, Octavia Butler and Ntozake Shange. Then HuffPo went and did it again with these 34 poets of color, kudos!!!

This reminded me to tell you about and recommend stellar poet Jericho Brown who I was blessed to hear perform when he visited UCA during my grad program. He is blowing up all over the internet from Poetry Foundation to Poetry SocietyPoets Dot Org to Poets & Writers; from NPR to PBS to Buzzfeed. He’s also featured on PEN America who are “at the intersection of Writers and Human Rights.” His accolades are piling up (which you can view on his wiki page) so be sure to check him out.

Meanwhile on another spoke of the diversity wheel, Zach Anner has some hilarious and insightful stuff to say about life and cerebral palsy: check out his awesome video, shared by Upworthy. His book If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is definitely going on my TBR list!

Love,
Jobe

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Posted in Special Announcement, Thursday Writers

Teen Poetry

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Tonight Karen Hayes and I will be hosting our first co-taught poetry workshop. Since it’s for teens, I tried to compile some teen-specific references. If you’re interesting in helping a teen get interested in poetry, you can use this as your starter guide!

Refer them to check out this site: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poetry-teens

And this one really seems to approach serious issues fearlessly and without judgement: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/teen/
This is from July 2016 but definitely still relevant: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/13/us/teen-slam-poet-white-privilege-hln/index.html
This one looks pretty decent: https://allpoetry.com/poems/about/Teen
HuffPo runs a Teen Poetry column sourced by Figment: http://figment.com/books/tagged/poetry
And to round it all out here’s a Goodreads list: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/teen-poetry
There will certainly be more to follow after we get a sense for the class tonight.
Cheers!
Jobe
P.S. A terrific intro discussion of emotions here from Andrew J. Brown.
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