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Poetry | Clam

Poetry | Clam

By Ny'Ara Willis, Staff Writer September 24, 2021
Staff writer Ny’Ara Willis explores self-discovery in this week’s poem, “Clam.”
Xandria Phillips was selected as the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.

CAAPP names poet Xandria Phillips as new creative writing fellow

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer June 23, 2021
When Xandria Phillips was growing up, they wrote poetry as a way to cope with the ups and downs of being a teenager in rural Ohio. Now they are the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.
Sally Wen Mao (left) is the author of “Oculus” and “Mad Honey Symposium.”

Poet Sally Wen Mao closes out AAPI Heritage Month with readings from her award-winning books

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
Sally Wen Mao is the author of “Oculus” and “Mad Honey Symposium.” Her first book, “Mad Honey Symposium,” was given the Kinereth Gensler Award in 2012. “Oculus” was published in 2019 and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2019, and highly reviewed by NPR, The Washington Post and The New Yorker, among others.
Poetry | I mother

Poetry | I mother

By Megan Williams, Digital Manager April 18, 2021
In this week’s poem, digital manager Megan Williams writes about motherhood.
Natalie Diaz joined poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and writer and performance artist lê thị diễm thúy for “Of Sounds and Re-sounds” Wednesday night, as the fourth event in the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Black Studies 2.0” series.

CAAPP event explores sound, diaspora and oppression

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor April 16, 2021
Diana Khoi Nguyen, an assistant professor of English writing, curated and moderated “Of Sounds and Re-sounds” Wednesday night as the fourth event in the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Black Studies 2.0” series.
Poet Rudy Francisco gave performances of slam poetry in between taking questions Thursday night, in a town hall hosted by the Resident Student Association. In addition to reciting his poetry, Francisco talked about his becoming a poet, activism and his experience as a Black man.

Rudy Francisco speaks on poetry’s political power at RSA town hall

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer April 9, 2021
Francisco has published five books of poetry revolving around the politics of race, class, gender and religion.
Dawn Lundy Martin: Teaching the poetics of engagement

Dawn Lundy Martin: Teaching the poetics of engagement

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist April 8, 2021
While she may not have imagined it as such, Dawn Lundy Martin's passion for poetry would soon spiral into an illustrious career spent telling stories and empowering others to do the same.
Poetry | angel sighting

Poetry | angel sighting

By Ny'Ara Willis, For the Pitt News April 4, 2021
Staff poet Ny’Ara Willis explores religion in this week’s poem “angel sighting.”
Poetry | olympics

Poetry | olympics

By Ny'Ara Willis, For the Pitt News March 25, 2021
In this week’s poem, Ny’Ara Willis writes about a fight in Tokyo.
Books to look forward to in 2021

Books to look forward to in 2021

By Leah Mensch, Contributing Editor January 21, 2021
Last year, the book gods told me that 2020 was going to be a good year for books. The book gods did not tell me that there was going to be a global pandemic, but that’s OK.
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