Bringing Poetry into Communities

Edited by
Katharine Coles

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Subjects: Poetry

9781607811473 (paperback)
9781607819813 (ebook)

How does one bring poetry to a community? And who is going to make it happen? In response to these questions posed by the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Katharine Coles and a cadre of poets and artists provide this essential guide and inspiration. Blueprints creates for poets and arts organizers the sense that they are part of a larger, noble endeavor based in shared values and commitment to poetry. The first three sections include essays by a dozen poets and artists about the ways they have brought poetry into different kinds of communities. These essays demonstrate what has been done and what can be done and will inspire others to bring poetry into their own communities. The final section provides a practical "toolkit" loaded with experience-based advice and the tools and strategies necessary to acocmplish those endeavors.

Elizabeth Alexander
Sherwin Bitsui
Lee Briccetti
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Dana Gioia
Robert Hass
Bas Kwakman
Thomas Lux
Christopher Merrill
Luis Rodriguez
Anna Deavere Smith
Patricia Smith

Contributors to the Toolkit:
Elizabeth Allen
Susan Boskoff
Katharine Coles
Tree Swenson
Orlando White