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A Message from the Poet Laureate:

Like everyone else, a few weeks ago, a month ago, I was thick in the buoyant story of my life. I was traveling from one end of the country to the other, out of the country, sharing poetry, music, and meeting with many communities and other poets. I had a full spring schedule. Every week was booked. And when I was not unpacking, packing, doing laundry, and having time with my family, I was writing on a new memoir, new lyrics and music. In the middle of it I felt the tense rise of an immense wave, as we began to hear the news about a new virus with high fatalities in Wuhan, China. Every season there is a new flu strain. This appeared to be the same. Only this story grew and grew, and now here we are, the whole country, every place in the world, on lockdown, hiding out from each other in suspicious pockets of isolation, so this virus can be contained. It is killing people, especially of my generation and older.

My response has been similar to the classic grief response. I denied it, I got angry, and then somewhere in the future of the progression is acceptance. I’m stuck in reflection and loneliness, far from the territory of acceptance and hope. I’ve always sensed “hope” as water filling up a dam in some unreachable location. Everyone is happy there. “Acceptance” makes more sense. “There’s not a damn thing you can do about it.” Maybe I am closer than I think. Surely my questioning will lead me to poetry. It always does, eventually, after I have fought my way through to the inevitable, to whatever inescapable truth that might be.

I wonder at the metaphor of an entity that when magnified by a microscope is quite beautiful with its crown protrusions, hence: “corona”virus. Michael Pollan asserted in The Botany of Desire that corn plants, like many other plants, have their own volition. I wonder at the apparent sudden flurry of the coronavirus with its powerful surge to rule the world. What gave it muscle? What ancestry of thought motivated it, gave it impetus?

I can wander along the reasoning channels ad infimum and wind up back in my apartment, the restaurants shut down except for carry-out, and a grandson in the hospital two states away that I can’t get to because I just returned from being out of the country. Then, I turn to what is unspeakable, that which is beneath the underneath that is clothed in fear and fury--and has been opening the door of my sleep every night at three and four to torment me with questions. I have no answer that satisfies them, or me. Though when I open up Carolyn Forché’s new collection In the Lateness of the World and read this poem, I find it.

“Towards the End”

In this archipelago of thought a fog descends, horns of ships to unseen
    ships, a year
passing overhead, the cry of a year, no knowing where, someone standing
    in the aftermath

who once you knew, the one you were then, a little frisson of recognition,
and then just like that—gone, and no one for hours, a sound you thought
    you heard

but in the waking darkness is not heard again, two sharp knocks on the
    door, death
it was, you said, but now nothing, the islands, places you have been, the sea
    the uncertain,

full of ghosts calling out, lost as they are, no one you knew in your life, the
    moon, above
the whole of it, like the light at the bottom of a well opening in iced air

where you have gone under and come back, light, no longer tethered
to your own past, and were it not for the weather of a trance, of haze and
   murk, you could see

everything at once: all the islands, every moment you have lived or place
    you have been,
without confusion or bafflement, and you would be one person. You would
    be one person again.

From In the Lateness of the World: Poems by Carolyn Forché, published by Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Forché

News & Indian Country


Native Well­ness Insti­tute: The Native Well­ness Insti­tute cre­at­ed an online oppor­tu­ni­ty for every­one to vir­tu­al­ly come togeth­er online through a Face­book group, Native Pow­er Hour, as well as down­load­able guides for wellness.

Reclaim­ing Native Truth: A Project to Dis­pel America’s Myths and Mis­con­cep­tions. Reclaim­ing Native Truth is a nation­al effort to fos­ter cul­tur­al, social and pol­i­cy change by empow­er­ing Native Amer­i­cans to counter dis­crim­i­na­tion, invis­i­bil­i­ty and the dom­i­nant nar­ra­tives that lim­it Native oppor­tu­ni­ty, access to jus­tice, health and self-deter­mi­na­tion. Reclaim­ing Native Truth’s goal is to move hearts and minds toward greater respect, inclu­sion and social jus­tice for Native Americans.

#HON­OR­NA­TIVE­LAND offers an intro­duc­tion to the prac­tice of land acknowl­edge­ment, with a down­load­able guide and teach­ing resources regard­ing land acknowledgement. 

Native Land offers an inter­ac­tive map of Trib­al Nations ter­ri­to­ries, treaties, and lan­guages, as well as a Teach­ing Guide: https://​native​-land​.ca

Native Arts & Cul­tures Foun­da­tion - Trans­form­ing Com­mu­ni­ties through Native Arts. Learn about their pro­grams and read the NACF blog here

Insti­tute of Amer­i­can Indi­an Arts (IAIA) - Vis­it IAIA’s Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Native Arts for a Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty Tour of the most cur­rent exhi­bi­tion, Indige­nous Futurisms: Tran­scend­ing Past/​Present/​Future.

Vis­it Face­book’s Native Artist Mar­ket­place to sup­port Native artists pro­mot­ing and sell­ing their work online.

Explore and sub­scribe to First Amer­i­can Art, a quar­ter­ly jour­nal of art by Indige­nous peo­ples of the Amer­i­c­as. Con­nect­ing the glob­al art world with Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties since 2013 

Indige­nousways is host­ing Vir­tu­al Events: Wis­dom Cir­cles and Con­cert Series. Indige­nousways: Music and artis­tic expres­sion to pro­mote liv­ing in balance

The Indi­an Pueblo Cul­tur­al Cen­ter is offer­ing free K‑12 cur­ricu­lum and thought­ful unit plans on the com­plex polit­i­cal, social, cul­tur­al, and eco­nom­ic his­to­ry of the Pueblo Indi­an Nations of New Mex­i­co, between 1912 and 2012.

#NativeReads: Great Books from Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties – Sto­ries of the Oceti SakowinIn 2020, First Nations part­nered with the Oak Lake Writ­ers’ Soci­ety to increase knowl­edge and appre­ci­a­tion of Oceti Sakowin (Dako­ta, Lako­ta and Nako­ta) lit­er­a­tures. They select­ed 10 rec­om­mend­ed books and cre­at­ed a sto­ry­keep­ing time­line, which takes the read­er on a jour­ney to bet­ter under­stand ear­ly and con­tem­po­rary Dako­ta, Lako­ta and Nako­ta peo­ple and communities.

Amer­i­can Indi­ans in Children’s Lit­er­a­ture — This site, estab­lished by Dr. Deb­bie Reese (Nam­bé Pueblo), pro­vides a crit­i­cal analy­sis of Indige­nous peo­ples in children’s and young adult books. You can also down­load a children’s book guide cre­at­ed by Dr. Reese.

Mol­ly of Denali - This show fol­lows the dai­ly adven­tures of 10-year-old Alas­ka native Mol­ly Mabray, her fam­i­ly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini.

Learn How COVID-19 is impact­ing Native Communities:

Nation­al Indi­an Health Board: https://​www​.nihb​.org/​c​o​v​i​d-19/

Nation­al Coun­cil of Urban Indi­an Health: https://​www​.ncuih​.org/​c​o​r​o​n​a​virus

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Want to sup­port Indi­an Coun­try? A short list of NATIVE-RUN Orga­ni­za­tion & Non-Profits

First Nations Devel­op­ment Insti­tute - Strength­en­ing Native Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties & Eco­nom­ics. Learn more and donate here

Sev­enth Gen­er­a­tion Fund for Indige­nous Peo­ples — Sev­enth Gen­er­a­tion Fund is mobi­liz­ing resources for cri­sis-impact­ed Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties through­out the world in rapid response to COVID-19. Your sup­port makes a dif­fer­ence. Learn more and donate here

NDN Col­lec­tive — NDN Col­lec­tive is an Indige­nous-led orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to build­ing Indige­nous pow­er. Through orga­niz­ing, activism, phil­an­thropy, grant­mak­ing, capac­i­ty-build­ing and nar­ra­tive change, we are cre­at­ing sus­tain­able solu­tions on Indige­nous terms. Learn more and donate here

Indige­nous Envi­ron­men­tal Net­work (IEN). IEN is an alliance of Indige­nous peo­ples whose mis­sion it is to pro­tect the sacred­ness of Earth Moth­er from con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and exploita­tion by strength­en­ing, main­tain­ing and respect­ing Indige­nous teach­ings and nat­ur­al laws.

Native Ways Fed­er­a­tion. As the Indige­nous peo­ple of this coun­try, we are all too famil­iar with the chal­lenges of fac­ing a pub­lic health cri­sis like COVID-19 (nov­el coro­n­avirus). How­ev­er, this cur­rent cri­sis is at a scale we haven’t seen in recent his­to­ry, and it is already hav­ing deep impacts on and poten­tial­ly cat­a­stroph­ic results for our com­mu­ni­ties. Native Ways Fed­er­a­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion com­prised of sev­en nation­al non-prof­its led by and serv­ing Native peo­ple through the Unit­ed States, along with mul­ti­ple oth­er Native non-prof­its across the coun­try, are call­ing upon the phil­an­thropic com­mu­ni­ty to sup­port both Tribes and Native non-prof­its as they work dili­gent­ly to meet the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties in rur­al and urban settings.

Insti­tute of Amer­i­can Indi­an Arts’ (IAIA) MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing Pro­gram — Sup­port schol­ar­ships for stu­dents at the Insti­tute of Amer­i­can Indi­an Arts. To ear­mark your dona­tion for the MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing, select schol­ar­ship des­ig­na­tion to IAIA Low Res­i­den­cy MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing Scholarship.”

Amer­i­can Indi­an Col­lege Fund: Native stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ties are strug­gling to over­come new chal­lenges pre­sent­ed by the COVID-19 cri­sis, but the Amer­i­can Indi­an Col­lege Fund and our friends and donors are here to help. Learn more and donate here

Mvskoke Nation Youth Ser­vices - To empow­er Mvskoke youth by con­nect­ing to cul­ture, com­mu­ni­ty and resources.


Native Voice One — The Native Amer­i­can Radio Net­work Native Voice One — NV1: Native Voice One (NV1) edu­cates, advo­cates, and cel­e­brates Indige­nous life and cul­ture by pro­vid­ing a radio pro­grams from a Native point of view.

Native Amer­i­ca Call­ing: Native Amer­i­ca Call­ing is a live call-in pro­gram link­ing pub­lic radio sta­tions, the Inter­net and lis­ten­ers togeth­er in a thought-pro­vok­ing nation­al con­ver­sa­tion about issues spe­cif­ic to Native communities.

Indi­an Coun­try Today: https://​indi​an​coun​try​to​day​.com/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​irus/

Native News Online: Cel­e­brat­ing Native Voic­es: http://​native​new​son​line​.net/

All My Rela­tions: All My Rela­tions is a pod­cast host­ed by Mati­ka Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adri­enne Keene (Chero­kee Nation) to explore our rela­tion­ships— rela­tion­ships to land, to our crea­t­ur­al rel­a­tives, and to one another. 

Toast­ed Sis­ter Pod­cast: Mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ist Andi Mur­phy turned her pas­sion for food into a pod­cast talk­ing about Indige­nous food­ways, knowl­edge and Indige­nous cuisine. 

Think Indige­nous: Think Indige­nous is a pod­cast that high­lights its year­ly con­fer­ence keynotes & Red Talk” pre­sen­ta­tions shar­ing best prac­tices, inno­va­tion and deliv­ery mod­els of Indige­nous education.

The Joe Rogan Expe­ri­ence #1442An inter­view with Shan­non O’Loughlin, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and attor­ney for the Asso­ci­a­tion on Amer­i­can Indi­an Affairs, and she is also a cit­i­zen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Cof­fee & Quaq: Host: Alice Qan­nik Glenn, Iñupiaq“The mis­sion of Cof­fee & Quaq is to cel­e­brate, share, and explore the col­lec­tive expe­ri­ence of con­tem­po­rary Native life in urban Alaska. 

The Talk­ing Stick: Pro­duced by: Indi­an Legal Pro­gram at Ari­zona State University’s San­dra Day O’Connor Col­lege of Law and the Nation­al Con­gress of Amer­i­can Indi­ans. A Native Amer­i­can Law and Pol­i­cy Podcast.

More Pod­casts …

Indi­an Coun­try Today has com­piled a list of pod­casts by Indige­nous people.

Flare has also post­ed 9 Great Pod­casts Host­ed By Indige­nous Women.”

Support for Artists & Native Communities during the COVID-19 Crisis

Cre­ative Cap­i­tal: List of Arts Resources Dur­ing the COVID-19 Out­break: In times of cri­sis, artists are often among those most affect­ed. In addi­tion to health con­cerns, this is a chal­leng­ing moment for many in our com­mu­ni­ty as we deal with can­celled income and try­ing to make plans dur­ing uncer­tain times. Cre­ative Cap­i­tal has always been anchored by a rich spir­it of com­mu­ni­ty and mutu­al gen­eros­i­ty, and we believe that con­tin­u­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and exchange are cru­cial for all of us. As COVID-19 con­tin­ues to spread across the Unit­ed States, we have cre­at­ed a list of resources for artists work­ing in all dis­ci­plines, as well as arts phil­an­thropists, and arts professionals.

COVID-19 & Free­lance Artist Resources: This list is specif­i­cal­ly designed to serve free­lance artists, and those inter­est­ed in sup­port­ing the inde­pen­dent artist com­mu­ni­ty. This includes, but is not lim­it­ed to, actors, design­ers, pro­duc­ers, tech­ni­cians, stage man­agers, musi­cians, com­posers, chore­o­g­ra­phers, visu­al artists, film­mak­ers, craft artists, teach­ing artists, dancers, writ­ers & play­wrights, pho­tog­ra­phers, etc.

Fund­ing and Sup­port for Native Nations com­mu­ni­ties, non-prof­its, and indi­vid­u­als — Tools and Resources from FIRST NATIONS DEVEL­OP­MENT INSTI­TUTE. The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and inter­na­tion­al response have cre­at­ed grave impli­ca­tions, espe­cial­ly for those in Indi­an Coun­try. To sup­port Native com­mu­ni­ties, First Nations has col­lect­ed and reviewed the fol­low­ing tools and resources focus­ing on five key areas:

Under­stand­ing COVID-19

Under­stand­ing the CARES Act

Emer­gency Funds: What’s Avail­able and How to Access Funds

Per­spec­tives from Indi­an Country

Keep Learn­ing and Grow­ing Together

The NDN Col­lec­tive COVID-19 Response Project The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Pro­ject is designed to pro­vide imme­di­ate relief to some of the most under­served com­mu­ni­ties in the coun­try. NDN’s intent is to quick­ly dis­trib­ute resources to front­line orga­ni­za­tions, Tribes, and indi­vid­u­als who are pro­vid­ing essen­tial ser­vices to Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties with­in the next 15 – 45 days to pro­vide gap resources dur­ing this health cri­sis. Apply

Sev­enth Gen­er­a­tion Fund for Indige­nous Peo­ples
Sev­enth Gen­er­a­tion Fund for Indige­nous Peo­ples has estab­lished a 
Rapid Response to Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties in Times of Cri­sis fund pro­vid­ing $5,000 in grant sup­port to Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ty-gen­er­at­ed and ‑led ini­tia­tives, sup­port­ing: Basic and urgent health and well­ness needs of the most vul­ner­a­ble with a focus on elders and mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional house­holds and fam­i­lies with chil­dren under the age of 5 years old; Tra­di­tion­al heal­ing prac­tices and reme­dies, food sys­tems, and immune sup­port; and His­toric and cul­tur­al teach­ings, sto­ries, and life­ways that advance tra­di­tion­al knowl­edge sys­tems that inform com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers on health, heal­ing, and mov­ing forward.

Native Women Lead — Matri­arch Response Loan Fund: Accept­ing appli­ca­tions through May 15 — Avail­able for Native Women enter­pris­es in NM, AZ, UT and CO

Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion Pub­lic Aware­ness Ini­tia­tive
More than 200 U.S. com­mu­ni­ty foun­da­tions in 49 states, plus the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, have cre­at­ed relief funds to sup­port those affect­ed by COVID-19 direct­ing crit­i­cal relief to local non­prof­its and part­ner­ing with local gov­ern­ments and health orga­ni­za­tions to help con­tain its spread.

Giv­ing Com­pass
Giv­ing Com­pass and Nation­al Cen­ter for Fam­i­ly Phil­an­thropy have col­lab­o­rat­ed to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive list of vet­ted COVID-19 relief funds. While this site is set up to enlist funds, it is help­ful in iden­ti­fy­ing funds as well. You can also see an inter­ac­tive map here.

Amer­i­can Indi­an Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Soci­ety (AIS­ES) Togeth­er Toward Tomor­row T3 Fund
Native American/​Indigenous under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents enrolled in an accred­it­ed U.S. col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty who have been affect­ed by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic are eli­gi­ble to receive a one-time schol­ar­ship of $500. Schol­ar­ships are pro­vid­ed based on avail­able funding.

Grantspace by Can­did
Grantspace has devel­oped an exten­sive list of resources and emer­gency grants avail­able, includ­ing emer­gency grants to indi­vid­u­als and small businesses.

Otto Brem­mer Trust Emer­gency Fund
In response to COVID-19, the Otto Bre­mer Trust has estab­lished a $50 mil­lion emer­gency fund through its Com­mu­ni­ty Ben­e­fit Finan­cial Com­pa­ny sub­sidiary to pro­vide finan­cial sup­port to Min­neso­ta, Wis­con­sin, North Dako­ta, and Mon­tana non­prof­its and oth­er com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions impact­ed by and respond­ing to the pandemic.

New York Com­mu­ni­ty Trust
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was cre­at­ed to aid non­prof­it ser­vice providers strug­gling with the health and eco­nom­ic effects of Coro­n­avirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based non­prof­its that are try­ing to meet the new and urgent needs that are hit­ting the city. Pri­or­i­ty will be giv­en to non­prof­its address­ing essen­tial health­care and food inse­cu­ri­ty as well as arts and culture.

Peace First’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants for Youth
These grants are designed to help young peo­ple ages 13 to 25 lead projects that address com­mu­ni­ty impacts of COVID-19, from pro­vid­ing meals to elder­ly neigh­bors to launch­ing dig­i­tal men­tal health cam­paigns to sup­port youth feel­ing isolated.

Emer­gent Fund – COVID-19 Response in Com­mu­ni­ties of Col­or
The Emer­gent Fund is focus­ing grant­mak­ing on orga­ni­za­tions that are mobi­liz­ing to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties; are uti­liz­ing pow­er-build­ing strate­gies includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to dig­i­tal orga­niz­ing, mem­ber­ship devel­op­ment and out­reach, nar­ra­tive devel­op­ment, direct action; and are led by com­mu­ni­ties of color.

Sup­port­ing Trib­al Pub­lic Health Capac­i­ty in Coro­n­avirus Pre­pared­ness & Response
This CDC emer­gency fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty is designed to fund fed­er­al­ly rec­og­nized tribes that con­tract or com­pact with the Indi­an Health Ser­vice under Title I and Title V of the Indi­an Self-Deter­mi­na­tion and Edu­ca­tion Assis­tance Act, or con­sor­tia of these tribes, or their bonafide agents. The appli­ca­tion dead­line is May 31, 2020, by 11:59 pm (EDT).

Indige­nous Envi­ron­men­tal Net­work — The Indige­nous Envi­ron­men­tal Net­work is offer­ing Mutu­al Aid fund­ing relief in the form of small grants. Due to over­whelm­ing response, the orga­ni­za­tion has recent­ly updat­ed its grant guide­lines and is pri­or­i­tiz­ing groups and orga­ni­za­tions that are offer­ing mutu­al aid as part of com­mu­ni­ty-orga­nized efforts.

Educational Resources

The fol­low­ing are just a few of the count­less web­sites and online resources for access­ing, teach­ing, read­ing about, and engag­ing with poetry.

Acad­e­my of Amer­i­can Poets

From the Edu­ca­tor in Res­i­dence, Dr. Madeleine Holz­er: Teach­ers, as class­rooms across the coun­try move online dur­ing this time of uncer­tain­ty, we want­ed to remind you of the free edu­ca­tion resources avail­able to you at Poets​.org.We’ve curat­ed a selec­tion of mate­ri­als that are eas­i­ly adapt­able for your dig­i­tal class­room. From Dear Poet, which can help bring liv­ing poets and poet­ry into your stu­dents’ homes, to les­son plans about poet­ry that engage their cre­ativ­i­ty as well as their phys­i­cal ener­gy, we hope these resources will aid your teach­ing and inspire your students.

Teach This Poem

Pro­duced for K‑12 edu­ca­tors, Teach This Poem fea­tures one poem a week, accom­pa­nied by inter­dis­ci­pli­nary resources and activ­i­ties designed to help teach­ers quick­ly and eas­i­ly bring poet­ry into the class­room or home. The series is pro­duced with the guid­ance of our Edu­ca­tor in Res­i­dence, Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holz­er, and is avail­able for free via email.

Dear Poet

Dear Poet, a mul­ti­me­dia edu­ca­tion project that invites young peo­ple in grades five through twelve to write let­ters in response to poems writ­ten and read by award-win­ning poets

Les­son Plans by Theme

Find unique and adapt­able les­son plans for teach­ing or learn­ing about poet­ry that you can share with your fam­i­lies, stu­dents, or children.

Shel­ter in Poems

In this time of uncer­tain­ty and great con­cern, many peo­ple are turn­ing to poems to seek words of wis­dom, uplift­ing ideas, and lan­guage that prompts reflec­tion and cen­ters us men­tal­ly, emo­tion­al­ly, and spir­i­tu­al­ly. In response to this need and to help our read­ers stay con­nect­ed in the weeks ahead, the Acad­e­my of Amer­i­can Poets invites the pub­lic to join in a new ini­tia­tive called Shel­ter in Poems.

To par­tic­i­pate, select a poem that gives you hope from the Poets​.org col­lec­tion and post a sen­tence or two about why the poem inspires you on social media with the hash­tag #Shel­ter­in­Po­ems. Begin­ning next week, the Acad­e­my will be con­sid­er­ing respons­es and gath­er­ing the poems and tes­ti­mo­ni­als in a spe­cial newslet­ter and shar­ing it online each week. The Acad­e­my will not be able to use all sub­mis­sions and will be edit­ing for house style and length.

If you are moved to record a one minute video of your­self offer­ing the name of the poem and your state­ment, the Acad­e­my will also be select­ing videos to share.

We also encour­age you to join Shel­ter in Poems by email­ing [email protected]​poets.​org.


The Poet­ry Foun­da­tion, pub­lish­er of Poet­ry mag­a­zine, is an inde­pen­dent lit­er­ary orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to a vig­or­ous pres­ence for poet­ry in our cul­ture. It exists to dis­cov­er and cel­e­brate the best poet­ry and to place it before the largest pos­si­ble audience.

The Poet­ry Foun­da­tion works to raise poet­ry to a more vis­i­ble and influ­en­tial posi­tion in our cul­ture. The Foun­da­tion seeks to be a leader in shap­ing a recep­tive cli­mate for poet­ry by devel­op­ing new audi­ences, cre­at­ing new avenues for deliv­ery, and encour­ag­ing new kinds of poetry.

Poet­ry Foun­da­tion offers sev­er­al learn­ing resource pages. Click on each link for resources curat­ed specif­i­cal­ly for Chil­dren, Teens, Adults, and Edu­ca­tors.

Teach­ing Poet­ry Online: This com­pre­hen­sive guide from Poet­ry Foun­da­tion offers resources for teach­ing poet­ry online for Kids ages 2 – 10, Mid­dle School, and High School, with arti­cles for teach­ers, stu­dents, and parents. 


The Poet­ry Soci­ety of America’s mis­sion is to build a larg­er and more diverse audi­ence for poet­ry, to encour­age a deep­er appre­ci­a­tion of the vital­i­ty and breadth of poet­ry in the cul­tur­al con­ver­sa­tion, to sup­port poets through an array of pro­grams and awards, and to place poet­ry at the cross­roads of Amer­i­can life. Explore the web­site for spe­cial fea­tures, inter­views, and more!


Poet­ry Out Loud is a nation­al arts edu­ca­tion pro­gram that encour­ages the study of great poet­ry by offer­ing free edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als and a dynam­ic recita­tion com­pe­ti­tion to high schools across the coun­try. This pro­gram helps stu­dents mas­ter pub­lic speak­ing skills, build self-con­fi­dence, and learn about lit­er­ary his­to­ry and con­tem­po­rary life. Poet­ry Out Loud is a part­ner­ship of the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, Poet­ry Foun­da­tion, and the state and juris­dic­tion­al arts agencies.

Poet­ry: Every­one Should Try It: Here is a short arti­cle for young writ­ers that was just shared with me by one par­tic­u­lar young writer: Sit Down and Write: Poet­ry Resources. It’s a good reminder that all you need to write poet­ry is your imagination!

Poetry Podcasts


POEMTALK is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Kel­ly Writ­ers House, PennSound, and the Poet­ry Foun­da­tion. PoemTalk’s pro­duc­er and host is Al Fil­reis, our engi­neer is Zach Car­duner, and our edi­tor is the same tal­ent­ed Zach Car­duner (whose pre­de­ces­sors were Amaris Cuchan­s­ki, Alli­son Har­ris, and for most of the ear­ly episodes, Steve McLaughlin)

Poet­ry Unbound, a series of the On Being Podcast

Immerse your­self in a sin­gle poem, guid­ed by Pádraig Ó Tua­ma. Short and unhur­ried; con­tem­pla­tive and ener­giz­ing. Anchor your week by lis­ten­ing to the every­day poet­ry of your life, with new episodes on Mon­day and Fri­day dur­ing the sea­son. Learn More at Poet­ry Unbound.


Poet­ry Foun­da­tion offers a range of pod­casts, including:

Poet­ry Mag­a­zine Pod­cast: The edi­tors go inside the pages of Poet­ry, talk­ing to poets and crit­ics, debat­ing the issues, and shar­ing their poem selec­tions with listeners.

Poet­ry Off the Shelf: Pro­duc­er Hele­na de Groot explores the diverse world of con­tem­po­rary poet­ry with read­ings by poets, inter­views with crit­ics, and short poet­ry doc­u­men­taries. Noth­ing is off lim­its, and nobody is tak­en too seriously.

You can find all the pod­casts here


WNYC pro­duces Poet­ryNow, a series of short radio pieces co-pro­duced with the WFMT Radio Net­work and fea­tur­ing some of today’s most inno­v­a­tive poets read­ing and shar­ing insights on a new poem.


The New York­er: Poet­ry, pro­duced by The New York­er and WNYC. Read­ings and con­ver­sa­tion with The New York­er’s poet­ry edi­tor, Paul Muldoon.


PennSound at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia: PennSound is an ongo­ing project, com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing new audio record­ings and pre­serv­ing exist­ing audio archives. Explore the web­site and archives, as well as find a list of record­ed Read­ing Series.

Book Lists

PEN Amer­i­ca: Into the Streets — Writ­ers Rec­om­mend Books of Protest: As protest rights are threat­ened around the coun­try, we turn to books that demon­strate the pow­er and impor­tance of tak­ing action and speak­ing out against racism, oppres­sion, cen­sor­ship, and injus­tice. We asked authors, his­to­ri­ans, and schol­ars to share one book that has inspired and informed them as they write, cre­ate, and dissent.

From the NY Times: The Poems That Poets Turn To in Times of Strife: Six­teen poets tell us about the vers­es and books they are read­ing, or that they hope oth­ers seek out.

Look­ing for Excel­lent Diverse” Books for Chil­dren? Start Here. Book lists and resources from embrac­er­ace.

Amer­i­can Indi­ans in Chil­dren’ s Lit­er­a­ture (AICL) pro­vides crit­i­cal analy­sis of Indige­nous peo­ples in chil­dren’s and young adult books: https://​amer​i​canin​di​ansin​chil​drenslit​er​a​ture​.blogspot​.com/

9 Diverse Books Set in the Amer­i­can West: From elec​tri​clit​er​a​ture​.com, Lau­ren Fran­cis-Shar­ma rec­om­mends poet­ry, nov­els, and mem­oirs that chal­lenge the per­cep­tion of the frontier

Read­ing in the Dark: From the Poet­ry Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca, Read­ing in the Dark fea­tures poets reflect­ing on the poems they return to in dif­fi­cult times

MEDIA: Fol­low Joy through her most recent inter­views and podcasts

Dear friends, While Joy’s read­ing events through most of the Sum­mer are can­celled, we want to assure you that most are sim­ply being post­poned and many efforts are being made to find alter­na­tive dates for these events. In the mean­time, you can fol­low Joy through her most recent inter­views and pod­casts, post­ed here and updat­ed weekly.

Read Joy’s rec­om­mend­ed read­ings for speak­ing out against racism, oppres­sion and injus­tices on the PEN Amer­i­ca Into the Streets” and the NY Times, The Poems that Poets Turn To in Times of Strife.” 

Lis­ten to Joy talk with Cheryl Strayed on her New York Times pod­cast, Sug­ar Calling

Lis­ten to Joy’s 10-minute read­ing for Poets House online program.

What poem does Joy return to in dif­fi­cult times? Find out on Poet­ry Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca’s Read­ing in the Dark.

Joy Har­jo records her­self read­ing her poem, For Call­ing the Spir­it Back From Wan­der­ing the Earth on Its Human Feet,” for Bill Moy­ers

Joy Har­jo: What joins us togeth­er is poet­ry.” Lis­ten to on the Wash­ing­ton Post’s The Poet­ry of Home”: As Amer­i­ca con­fronts coro­n­avirus, four U.S. poets lau­re­ate explore the theme of home.