Poetry Out Loud: Anna Deavere Smith

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Anna […]

Record-a-Poem on SoundCloud

The Poetry Foundation created a Record-a-Poem group at SoundCloud where it invites the public to post audio recordings of their favorite poems. You can upload recordings from your computer or use SoundCloud to upload audio files directly to the group using the Upload button here. Sample Audio poems include: “Susie Asado” by Gertrude Stein, read […]

Best Lines of Latino Poetry

8 poets disclose their favorite lines of poetry by Kristina Puga, @kristinapuga  1:53 am on 04/27/2013 April is not only the month of spring showers, but of flowing prose. For National Poetry Month, NBC Latino reached out to Latino poets around the country to find out which other Latino poets inspire them most. 1. Nuyorican spoken […]

Poet Activist Sapphire Gives Master Class with Nicole Sealey

As part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013, poet and activist Sapphire gives a Master Class with Nicole Sealey at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium on Thursday, May 02, 2013, 8:30pm. Sapphire’s first novel PUSH was made into the film Precious starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, who won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Precious’ mother […]

Opening Lines: Where Great Books Begin…Poet in New York

  POET IN NEW YORK Federico García Lorca I Poems of Solitude at Columbia University   Rage, love’s color, love, the color of oblivion. Luis Cernuda   After a Walk   Cut down by the sky. Between shapes moving toward the serpent and crystal-craving shapes, I’ll let my hair grow.   With the amputed tree […]


NYC POETRY CALENDAR APRIL 29- May 5, 2013 Founded by Salman Rushdie, PEN World Voices Festival convenes poets and writers from around the world to debut new work and further discussions on free expression in all its forms. The theme of the 2013 Festival is Bravery.  Featured writers in the 2013 festival include Judith Butler, Eduardo Galeano, […]