National Poetry Month 2019: A Roundup
In honor of National Poetry Month, PEN America has curated a selection of the best poetry, interviews, readings, and more, from across our decades-long history with the celebrated art form. Our PEN Poetry Series, edited by Danniel Schoonebeek, has published works by acclaimed poets Maggie Nelson, Hanif Abdurraqib, Nicole Sealey, Tommy Pico, Jonah Mixon-Webster, and many more. PEN America has also interviewed dozens of poets in our biweekly PEN Ten interviews, which seek to elevate debut works, feature our own awardees and event participants, and glean insight from master writers. Our Digital Archives present PEN America’s long-standing relationship with the poetry community, and bring to life the voices of literary luminaries like Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sharon Olds. As we reflect on our past, we also look to the bright future: The 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will host a variety of events with poets from around the globe, including Morgan Parker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Sonia Sanchez, Kirill Medvedev, and more. Be sure to check out the full lineup of events here »
The PEN Poetry Series
Three Poems by Jonah Mixon-WebsterIn this special edition of the PEN Poetry Series we feature three poems by…
Five Poems by Wendy TrevinoThe largest prison strike in the history / Of the US is still going.…
After the Cameras Leave, In Three PartsI drink the house into a desert / I keep the whole world thirsty…
Cento for the Night I Said, “I Love You”Some say we’re lucky to be alive, to have / a sky that stays…
from IRL by Tommy PicoYr a garbage / person if you can’t / take a good photo, /…
PEN Ten Poet Interviews
Upcoming Poetry Events
Join us at the 2019 PEN World Voices Festival: Open Secrets
Below is a selection of Festival events related to poets and poetry.
For the full schedule, click here.
THE INHERITANCE: MORGAN PARKER, JERICHO BROWN, AND FATIMAH ASGHAR
Morgan Parker, Jericho Brown, Fatimah Asghar
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