Poet of the Month: Georgia S. McDade

A day late, but here we go… For this latest entry in my series of tributes to poets I know, I celebrate and acknowledge Georgia S. McDade. Dr. McDade (she is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D in English from the University of Washington, in 1987) is one of those people who is [...]

Poet of the Month: Lola E. Peters

Almost let this one sneak up on me again—fortunately, I made my decision a few days ago, so it was only a matter of sitting down and actually writing the post. For this latest entry in my series of tributes to poets I know, I celebrate and acknowledge my friend Lola E. Peters. Her poems and [...]

Poet of the Month: S. R. Mason

For this latest entry in my series of tributes to poets I know, I celebrate and acknowledge S. R. Mason. A writer, photographer, and poet, her main outlet for poetry is her Tumblr blog, titled Think of Me As Poetry. Love is a frequent theme in her poems. However, her protagonists do not experience love in their [...]

Poet of the Month: Talicha J

This month, I celebrate Talicha J, one of the first poets I began to follow after I started actively writing poetry again. I don't remember where I first encountered her work (it’s been about four years, after all), but I appreciate her ability to get to the heart of whatever she is writing about. Numerous [...]

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette (the concise list version)

The following is based on fifteen months of poetry readings and open mics. I fully intend to post a more rant-y version of this later to reflect a couple of recent experiences; for now, I think this simple list will be appropriate: Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette for poets, hosts, and audiences Poets Keep [...]

Poets Against Hate and the whirlwind weekend

Poets Against Hate took place last Saturday. In all, 52 poems were read by 50 poets over the course of the afternoon, with the occasional musical interlude. As you would expect from such a large group, the subject at hand was addressed from a variety of angles, from the personal to the political. One poem [...]