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Young Poet Graces Stage, Dazzles Crowd At 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

Tonight, our spotlight shined on 10-year-old Gwyneth Wilde, a fifth-grader at the Falcon Academy of Creative Arts in Mogadore. Gwyneth will recite a poem she wrote last year in a workshop sponsored by Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. This superb program, which brings poetry to communities throughout Northeast Ohio, is led by Nicole Robinson, who accompanied Gwyneth, along with Gwyneth’s parents, Laura and Brian Wilde. Take a minute to read her poem, “Flinging off the Curved Bow” and leave a comment for Gwyneth. We’ll make sure she sees it. Read More →

Rita Dove On “Trayvon, Redux,” Her Poem Posted On The Root Three Days After The Verdict

                            by Rita Dove  On Trayvon Martin, today I find myself at a loss for words -- or rather, I used up all the words in the poem itself. The entire matter is so complex and sorrowful, the implications so insidious and dire, that I could only respond in the way I know best-- by taking up one angle of vision, one point of view, and writing out of that moment. To say any more would be redundant and dangerously inaccurate. Trayvon, Redux It is difficult/to get the news from poems /yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there./Hear me out/for I too am concerned/and every man/who wants to die at peace in his bed/besides. William Carlos Williams, “Asphodel, that... Read More →

Young Gifted Local Poets To Grace The Stage At September’s Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

One highlight of the annual Anisfield-Wolf awards ceremony is listening as a gifted local student reads aloud a poem of her or his own making. Last year, second-grader Isabella Rodriguez commanded a rapt audience with "Home," a remarkable work that begins “Suppose there is a city in the Buddha’s lap and his knees are the mountains singing.” Her work was captured by the Traveling Stanzas project, a community arts project led by Wick Poetry Center and Kent State University's Glyphix design studio. Community members and visitors to Northeast Ohio can see the beautifully designed posters "traveling" our region on Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority vehicles, as well as on Portage County's PARTA. Watch this arresting, one-minute video treatment of Isabella reading her poem, with... Read More →

Natasha Trethewey’s Bringing Poetry To The Masses

A 2009 National Endowment for the Arts study found that only 8 percent of adults read any poetry in the previous year.  Children do better. The Poetry Foundation discovered that the main reasons adults take a pass is loss of interest, lack of time, lack of access, and the perception that poetry is difficult and irrelevant.  ©Joel Benjamin U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, recently appointed to her second term, is working to welcome more adults to the party. "We can’t know what poem is going to be the poem that brings someone to poetry, comforts them in times of grief, tragedy, and loss, or celebrates with them in times of joy and triumph,” she told the Los Angeles Review of Books last year. “But it is our job — as poets, as teachers, as the poet laureate — to try... Read More →

VIDEO: Gwendolyn Brooks Reads Her Poem, “We Real Cool”

Gwendolyn Brooks It's a short poem but it's also one of Gwendolyn Brooks' (pardon the pun) coolest. "We Real Cool," published in her 1960 book The Bean Eaters, is a 1959 poem by our 1969 winner for fiction. (Got all that?) In this quick clip she explains why she wrote it.  "I wrote it because I was passing by a poll hall in my community one afternoon during school time and I saw therein a bunch of boys...and they were shooting pool," Brooks said. "Instead of asking myself, "Why aren't they in school?" I asked myself, I wonder how they feel about themselves."  Take a listen.  Read More →

Young Poet, Essence Cain, Performs at 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

Visiting the Flower MarketSince 2009, an emerging young poet from Northeast Ohio is celebrated along with the winning authors at the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony in Cleveland. At the 2011 ceremony, Essence Cain, a sixth-grader at Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts in Akron, Ohio, recited “In the Flower Market,” a poem she and her classmates wrote for “Speak Peace,” an international youth arts program created by Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. American children in the program wrote poems in response to paintings created by Vietnamese children. The exhibit of paintings and poems is traveling nationally through 2013. Essence has appeared in plays and musicals at venues throughout Ohio. She was a contributing writer and reader for the animated e-greetings of the 2009... Read More →

My Anisfield-Wolf Awards Ceremony Experience

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Ritter and I was the featured young artist at this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. This meant that I got to perform a poem that I wrote for the live audience, as well as the virtual audience on the internet. Over the summer, I participated in a summer arts job program through Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio called “ArtWorks.” For six weeks I ventured to University Circle’s Wade Oval and studied theater under teaching artist Jimmie Woody. Each day was a new adventure. We listened to guest speakers, took a tour of the Case Western Reserve University campus, and practiced the craft of acting every single day. During this time, I also focused a lot on my writing. The past two years, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards had featured a young poet. The... Read More →
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