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Poetry Resources


Resources and information for poets, visit these links:

Cave Canem
Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry.  cavecanempoets.org

CSU Gwendolyn Brooks Center

Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Center: www.csu.edu/gwendolynbrooks/index.htm

Dream In Color

Sponsored by Target

Target and the Smithsonian Institution have partnered to help teachers and students commemorate Black History Month with free grade-appropriate lesson plans and related resources designed to inspire students of all abilities and backgrounds.


2009 NAACP Image Awards, Feb 12, 2009 


Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry

  • "Honoring the Ancestors" - James Cherry (Third World Press)

  • "Things I Must Have Known" - A B Spellman (Coffee House Press)













  • Poetry Daily
    Visit this site and read a new poem each day. The site features one poem, biographical information on the poet, and information on one of his or her books. http://www.poems.com

  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum's Poet Tree Poems

            Click here to visit the Arboretum's Poet Tree webpage.


For more news and information on your favorite poets, visit these links:

Elizabeth Alexander Resources

  • In her brilliant inaugural poem "Praise Song for the Day," Elizabeth Alexander rises to the challenge of setting a tone that is now the tone of the nation's leader: restrained and resolute, deeply aware of the past and looking toward the future, seeing "someting better down the road" and having the love and courage to get there.

    In April 2008 when it was not clear that Barack Obama would prevail over Senator Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Nominee of President, I left Elizabeth Alexander a message on her phone.  I said, "Get your inaugural poem ready."  I said this more as a prayer than prophecy.  I felt strongly that she would be chosen and just wanted so much for the occasion to be happen.  Alexander's poem is rich in the knowledge of cultural struggle, the spiny presence of protest, and the light of promise.  She did in this poem that was heard around the world more than she could have imagined to point our way forward.

Joanne Gabbin 

Friday, Jan 23, 2009


Gwendolyn Brooks Resources









Langston Hughes Resources



Howard Rambsy II

The website focuses on the Black Arts/Black Aesthetic period and other aspects of ongoing print and visual expressions.


Eugene Redmond

The Youtube website shows collections of photographs from Eugene Redmond featuring Margaret Walker, Maya Angelou, and Lucille Clifton. 



Joseph Ross

The website focuses on poetry, politics, and spirituality.