Friends, please join us on Monday, 28 February at 6:30 PM EST for the culminating program of Black History Month at ODU. The virtual program is free and open to the public, but please RSVP following this link.
Please help me disseminate information/this call for student participation in The Academy of American Poetry's signature National Poetry Month project, "DEAR POET" (2022 edition).
Students in grades five through twelve are invited to participate in "Dear Poet 2022," an annual multimedia education project featuring videos of award-winning poets reading their work, including poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and who have received Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.
Students are encouraged to watch the 26 newly-released "Dear Poet" videos, write letters in response to the poems, and submit their letters during National Poetry Month this April. Selected letters will be published on Poets.org, one of the most visited sites for poetry on the web, and shared on social media. Each year, the Dear Poet videos are viewed by tens of thousands of students across the country and more than 3,600 students from 35 states participate by sending in letters.
The 26 award-winning poets participating in "Dear Poet" this year include Academy of American Poets Chancellors Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, David St. John, as well as Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows Marcus Amaker, Semaj Brown, Aileen Cassinetto, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Magdalena Gómez, Georgina Marie Guardado, Chasity Gunn, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Luisa A. Igloria, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Melissa Kwasny, Debra Marquart, Trapeta B. Mayson, Anis Mojgani, Chelsea Rathburn, Lloyd Schwartz, M. Bartley Seigel, M.L. Smoker, and Brian Sonia-Wallace.
“As many students process their lives in our complicated time, The "Dear Poet" project is a great opportunity for them to interact with contemporary poems and poets who are confronting the same issues through their writing. "Dear Poet" provides students with an opportunity to learn about some of the leading poets writing today, to read their poems and respond by writing letters to the poets. Selected students will even receive a personal response from their poet!” said Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, the Academy of American Poets Educator in Residence.
To learn more about "Dear Poet 2022" and to participate in the project, click here.
An accompanying lesson plan will be available on the "Dear Poet 2022" page in mid-February.
Dear Friends and Poets in the Commonwealth,
As 20th Poet Laureate of Virginia, I'm excited to inform you of the launch of one of my cornerstone projects, made possible with support from Old Dominion University Provost Austin Agho, ODU's Perry Library and Digital Commons Platform, as well as a fellowship from The Academy of American Poets ~
The Virginia Poets Database is a digital archive of Virginia poets meant to serve as a literary and educational resource.
This archive is structured using eight Virginia regions. While it makes no claims to be the definitive or exhaustive resource on this subject area, the goal is to provide a centralized location of such information that will grow and develop over time, and that may be useful to students, teachers, and the general public.
The Virginia Poets Database aims to collect and feature information on Virginia-born poets, poets who are current residents, and poets who have spent significant time doing literary work in Virginia (for the archive to represent poets of the state as fairly as possible, poets must have resided in the state for more than the duration of their time in a university program).
We want to feature historically recognized or established poets alongside emerging poets, as well as spotlight those from underrepresented communities. More importantly, the goal is to gather information that shows the richness and diversity of poetry and poets in our state.
The Virginia Poets Database aims to create a growing and relevant repository of information on Virginia poets, but by doing so it is *not* making claims about literary merit. However, since any archive must have clear organizational criteria for it to be meaningful, it asks potential contributors to review the guidelines/criteria for submitting their information for inclusion.
The hope is for this archive to be inclusive, but I acknowledge it cannot be exhaustive. That type of goal cannot be met through a website alone.
Please consider making a submission to the archive, and thank you for helping us build a rich and viable repository of information on poets in Virginia.
~ Luisa A. Igloria