Advice From Amanda C. Gorman

Amanda C. Gorman, the first Youth Poet Laureate of America, knows a thing or two about starting a project and following through with it. Using a Harry Potter metaphor in an interview with TED-Ed, she says that ideas are like wands and that they choose their own bearers. This means that like many writers, Gorman experiences dry periods as well as times in her life that are filled with endless ideas. She does say that reading other poets' works helps provide inspiration at times.

The Poetry Comeback

For a while, it seemed as if poetry was a dying art. Sure, there were a few coffee house performances of slam poetry and the small group of poetry lovers in each high school, but most students wouldn't consider themselves either readers or writers of poetry. But the art is seeing a big comeback, thanks largely to the incorporation of female poets and poets of color in both curriculum and general library availability.

Poet of the Week: Langston Hughes

Living from 1902 to 1967, Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes is known for the feeling of jazz and 1920s to 1960s Black life instilled inside his poetry and books. His work was an enormous part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and remains as relevant today as it ever was. In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote plays, novels and short stories.

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