Resources and information for poets, visit these links:
Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. cavecanempoets.org
Dream In Color
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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)
- **NEW** Database of African American Poets: Birthdates, Websites, and Bibliographies:
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
Cave Canem is delighted to congratulate founding faculty member Elizabeth Alexander on her recent selection as Inaugural Poet. For more information follow this link: Elizabeth Alexander Named Inaugural Poet. The link is to a pdf file.
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.
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.
The Youtube website shows collections of photographs from Eugene Redmond featuring Margaret Walker, Maya Angelou, and Lucille Clifton.
The website focuses on poetry, politics, and spirituality.