Wake Up to Poetry Part 2

Yesterday we shared a winning poem from our tutor Bailey. Today we are sharing the 2nd place poem from another tutor, Alex M! “Last year, my undergraduate university inaugurated a new president. As part of the week-long celebration of the event, I was asked (along with one of my peers and some of my professors) to […]

Wake Up to Poetry

Over 120 poems were submitted to the third annual Wake Up to Poetry contest. One of those poets, and honorable mention winner, is our own tutor Bailey! Congratulations Bailey! For your reading pleasure, here is Bailey poem, Following Orange, and a note from Bailey on her process of writing it. “It’s experimental in terms of form, and […]

Friday Flashback

What a week! As we enjoy the long weekend, let’s also take a look back at a full week of poetry celebration!– On Monday, Professor Eric Ekstrand shared his thoughts on how poetry has shaped language.– Tuesday, Professor Elisabeth Whitehead talked about poetry exercises.– Another Wednesday, another word.– On Thursday, we shared a poet from […]

The Celebration Continues

So how does one celebrate poetry? Read it? Write it? Sure you can, but there are also lots of other things you can do throughout April (and beyond) to celebrate what Edgar Allan Poe calls “the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” – Participate in Poem in your Pocket day, April 24. – Sign up to […]

Celebrating Poetry

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month aims “to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. [The Academic of American Poets] hope to increase the visibility […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

prosody, n. “1. The theory and practice of versification; (in technical use) the branch of knowledge which deals with the forms of metrical composition, and formerly also with the pronunciation of words, esp. as this relates to versification; (more generally) the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry. As a count noun: a metrical form or […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Breaking Through the White Page

Today’s poetry tip comes from Professor and poet, Elisabeth Whitehead. My writing process consists mostly of trying to get out of my own way, at least in its initial stages.  I ascribe to the Jack Kerouac school of writing which says forget yourself for a while and see what clarity lifts to the surface.   Here’s […]

A Few Words on Poetry: Order and Accident

Since April is National Poetry month, we wanted to spend a week on our blog talking about all things poetry. We’re kicking off the week with a piece from professor and poet, Eric Ekstrand. I was asked to contribute a few words on what poetry has to teach us about language and writing.  Of course, […]