Subject of the Month: 2021

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April 2021: Poetry as Empowerment


Selector: Sarah Sorensen

Statement: April is National Poetry Month! During the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, first National Youth Poet Laureate,  Amanda Gorman delivered her inspiring poem, "The Hill We Climb." Since then, Gorman has performed at the Super Bowl and been featured in numerous interviews and articles. Gorman, and many other poets throughout history, have used poetry to stimulate conversions around critical issues regarding politics, identity, and the human experience. Poetry gives a voice to vulnerable populations and offers a way to connect to our struggles and triumphs through language. Poetry is an act of empowerment. 


Spotlight on Morgan Parker


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Spotlight on Cathy Park Hong

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Inspiring Performances

Amanda Gorman presents her powerful poem, "The Hill We Climb" at the Biden/Harris Presidential Inauguration 2021.

Spotlight on Naomi Shihab Nye

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Wayne State University Press

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Through its publishing program, the Press disseminates research, advances education, and serves the local community while expanding the international reputation of the Press and the University.

"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth" -June Jordan

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Books in Print

Poetry Journals

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Poetry Magazine

This well-established journal is a great place to explore the exciting new work that is being published today.

Spotlight on Joy Harjo

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