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Native Wellness, Arts & Culture

Explore Joy Har­jo’s Sig­na­ture Poet Lau­re­ate project, Liv­ing Nations Liv­ing Worlds.

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.

Les­son Plans for Remote Learn­ing: Guides for Edu­ca­tors & Students

Pop Cul­ture Artists team with Edu­ca­tors for Lessons about Native Change­mak­ers. With class­room edu­ca­tion in dis­ar­ray due to pan­dem­ic shut­downs, Illu­mi­Na­tive, a non­prof­it found­ed by Crys­tal Echo Hawk, of Echo Hawk Con­sult­ing, and a group of respect­ed Native artists includ­ing Bunky Echo-Hawk, Gregg Deal and Jared Yazz­ie have teamed up to pro­vide art les­son plans for schools fea­tur­ing influ­en­tial Native per­son­al­i­ties. Down­load the learn­ing mate­ri­als here:

For Teach­ers:‑c…

For Learn­ers:‑c…

Native Land Acknowledgement 

#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

Vis­it Google’s Indige­nous Amer­i­c­as hub!

A col­lab­o­ra­tion with Google Arts & Cul­ture and over 40 oth­er cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions to bring online 90+ sto­ries to the new Indige­nous Amer­i­c­as hub: a col­lec­tion of Indige­nous art and cul­ture that spans beyond the U.S. and across the Amer­i­c­as to make these sto­ries avail­able to any­one, any­where in the world.

Native Arts & Culture

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.

Write Place — Bear­heart: The Ger­ald Vizenor Chron­i­cles
Write Place
—a non­prof­it ded­i­cat­ed to lit­er­a­ture and the envi­ron­ment — is pleased to announce the release of our new doc­u­men­tary, Bear­heart: The Ger­ald Vizenor Chron­i­cles. The film explores the prophet­ic vision of the Anishi­naabe author through his nov­el Dark­ness in St. Louis Bear­heart, pub­lished in 1978 dur­ing the rise of OPEC and the sub­se­quent gas cri­sis when long lines at US fill­ing sta­tions were night­ly images in nation­al and local news. This post-apoc­a­lyp­tic sto­ry reveals the impli­ca­tions, for soci­ety and envi­ron­ment, of an econ­o­my based on a finite resource as ten­ta­tive as it is lucra­tive. The film trav­els the US inter­states that the novel’s char­ac­ters take on a pil­grim­age from the head­wa­ters of the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er to Cha­co Canyon in New Mex­i­co. Along the way, it offers us a blue­print for survival.

Indige­nous in Music and Arts- Indige­nous in Music and Arts pro­vides music and cul­tur­al enter­tain­ment that reflect or rep­re­sent indige­nous iden­ti­ty world­wide. The orga­ni­za­tion also fos­ters oppor­tu­ni­ties for indi­vid­u­als or groups who want to cel­e­brate the rich his­to­ry and cul­ture of indige­nous peo­ple and devel­op them­selves, espe­cial­ly with­in music or arts. These oppor­tu­ni­ties include schol­ar­ships, col­lab­o­ra­tive projects and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams to devel­op. Learn more and lis­ten at: http://​indige​nous​in​mu​sic​.com/

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

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

Grants for Artists by Annu​ityFree​dom​.net: About this Artist Grant
The cat­a­lyst for our grants was see­ing and hear­ing about the tremen­dous impact of COVID-19 on artists of all kinds. We want to ded­i­cate some of our knowl­edge and time to help. While this is a busi­ness web­site, we are try­ing to help oth­er busi­ness own­ers with our grant pro­gram. In sup­port of this goal, we have dis­abled our nor­mal calls to action/​contact forms on grant pages and replaced our nor­mal head­er images. We do not want your mon­ey. We want to help you make more money.

Learn more about mar­ket­ing grants and micro-grants for artists at Annu​ityFree​dom​.net

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Support Indian Country

Want to sup­port Indi­an Coun­try? A short list of NATIVE-RUN Orga­ni­za­tion & Non-Profits

Sup­port emerg­ing Indige­nous poets
by donat­ing to Indige­nous Nations Poets, In-Na-Po, a com­mu­ni­ty com­mit­ted to men­tor­ing emerg­ing writ­ers, cul­ti­vat­ing Indige­nous lit­er­a­tures and poet­ics, sup­port­ing trib­al lan­guages and sov­er­eign­ty, and rais­ing the vis­i­bil­i­ty of all Native writ­ers. Your dona­tion will sup­port In-Na-Po in devel­op­ing and deliv­er­ing pro­gram­ming and oppor­tu­ni­ties for emerg­ing poets, includ­ing men­tor­ing fel­low­ships. Learn more at: bit​.ly/​i​n​_​na_po
Donate Here: https://​indige​nous​na​tion​spo​ets​.kind​ful​.com/
#Indige­nous­Na­tion­sPo­ets #InNaPo

Hon­or the Earth — Hon­or the Earth uses indige­nous wis­dom, music, art, and the media to raise aware­ness and sup­port for Indige­nous Envi­ron­men­tal Issues. We lever­age this aware­ness and sup­port to devel­op finan­cial and polit­i­cal cap­i­tal for Indige­nous strug­gles for land and life.

Hon­or the Water Pro­tec­tors’ stand­ing against a high­ly pol­lut­ing Tar Sands Oil Pipeline’ cross­ing 200 water bod­ies — includ­ing the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er twice — a drink­ing water source for mil­lions! Lis­ten and learn more here.

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 Gov­er­nance Cen­ter — Native peo­ple know best how to gov­ern their nations and are work­ing to design a future that ele­vates their com­mu­ni­ty assets. At Native Gov­er­nance Cen­ter, we sup­port them along the way through our lead­er­ship devel­op­ment train­ing and gov­er­nance sup­port programs.

Trib­al Law & Pol­i­cy Insti­tute — A Native Amer­i­can oper­at­ed non-prof­it: Ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing free pub­li­ca­tion resources, com­pre­hen­sive train­ing, and tech­ni­cal assis­tance for Native nations and trib­al jus­tice sys­tems in pur­suit of our vision to empow­er Native com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate and con­trol their own insti­tu­tions for the ben­e­fit of all com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, now, and for future generations.

Native Radio, News & Podcasts


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

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.”

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!

UNLA­DY­LIKE: Ele­vat­ing the Hid­den His­to­ry of Amer­i­can Women 

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a series of 26 short films and a one-hour doc­u­men­tary pro­fil­ing diverse and lit­tle-known Amer­i­can women from the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry, and con­tem­po­rary women who fol­low in their foot­steps. Win­ner of the 2020 Women Trans­form­ing Media award, the series pre­miered on PBS’s Amer­i­can Mas­ters in hon­or of the cen­ten­ni­al of wom­en’s suf­frage, and is nar­rat­ed by acclaimed actors Julian­na Mar­gulies and Lor­raine Toussaint.

Poetry Podcasts

The Slow­down

The Slow­down pod­cast host­ed by Tra­cy K. Smith deliv­ers a dif­fer­ent way to see the world — through poet­ry. Five min­utes of poet­ry every weekday. 


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/

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

Fol­low Joy through her most recent inter­views and podcasts:

Watch and lis­ten to Joy’s Clos­ing Event as the 23rd U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate at the Library of Con­gress on April 282022.

Mas­ter­Class announces the launch of award-win­ning poet and musi­cian Joy Har­jo’s class on poet­ic think­ing! Lis­ten to the trail­er here. Sign up for Joy’s class on Mas­ter­Class today!

Joy Har­jo has been appoint­ed the first Artist-in-Res­i­dence for the Bob Dylan Cen­ter. Read more here

Lis­ten to Joy and Sec­re­tary Deb Haa­land talk with Car­la Hay­den of the Library of Con­gress to kick off Native Amer­i­can Her­itage Month!

Explore Joy Har­jo’s sig­na­ture Poet Lau­re­ate Project, Liv­ing Nations, Liv­ing Words

Vis­it Mag­ic City Books in Tul­sa to Pur­chase a Signed Copy of Joy Har­jo’s Books!