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Tag: poetry

Capital Funding, Film & Poetry

July 17th, 2013

Apply for capital funds; hooray for film!; poetry for the head and the heart.


National Poetry Month

April 15th, 2013

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.


2013 Words’ Worth Curators

January 11th, 2013

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 […]


Poetry, Film & Committee Meetings

April 9th, 2012

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.


Urban Politics #197: Seattle’s Poet Populist

May 20th, 2005

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.