Among the events celebrating April’s National Poetry Month is National Poem in Your Pocket Day, this Thursday, April 18th, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.[More]
Words’ Worth is the Seattle City Council poetry program I began in 1998. I do believe it’s the only program of its kind in the nation, if not the world. Rather than selecting poets myself, I recruit a notable local literary artist or two to curate a number of poets who will read at the [...][More]
At my most recent Council committee meetng, I screened the Oscar winning film Undefeated, by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, it’s an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.[More]
The 2nd College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary defines a laureate as one who receives highest honors. Poet Laureates are traditionally hand-picked by Governors, Mayors, or Kings. A Poet Populist, in contrast to being anointed by someone of authority, is made official by a popular vote of the people.
Seattle’s Poet Populist is expected to represent and promote the principals of populist poetic expression throughout our Seattle when performing during his or her one-year term. One original poem will be commissioned of the Poet Populist.[More]