COLUMN: Connect, relate, and grow through the written word | Columns

I started writing poetry when I was young. Being rather shy, I found my outlet in poetry. It was my go-to when things didn’t make sense or when I was feeling sad or lonely or angry. When my grandpa passed away in 2011, I wrote a poem and read it during the ceremonies of Relay … Read more

Poets Salon: For the Earth

POETS SALON Earth’s Bloom (Photo – Susan Rogers) – 04/19/22 Hosted by Kathabela Wilson for the 9futuresunflower seedsIn all our pockets ~ Kathabela Ο Ο Ο In the wind (Photo – Susan Rodgers) Susan Rogers Holding On Listening to the news of Kyiv under attack I recall stories of my grandma Rose. I can still … Read more

Elizabeth Acevedo Wants Young Women of Color to Be Represented Tenderly and with Love

The award-winning poet and novelist Elizabeth Acevedo has rewritten her famous spoken-word poem “Hair,” which she wrote more than a decade ago. Acevedo referenced the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act, a bill preventing the discrimination of individuals based on hair texture and style. The politics of hair, especially black … Read more

Graduate student and Ohio State alumna to present poetry readings with focus on immigration

“More Salt Than Diamond,” a collection of poems by Aline Mello, will have its Columbus book launch at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters Wednesday. Credit: Courtesy of Aline Mello The Columbus launch of “More Salt Than Diamond,” a collection of poems by Aline Mello, will feature an evening of poetry reading, food and conversation. Mello, a … Read more

Interlaken author releases new poem collection | Regional News

Falling Bodies, a new collection of poems from Finishing Line Press, explores loss, identity, and family through the lens of the natural world. It is a collaborative effort by three local women: a poet, a graphic artist, and a photographer. The chapbook, part of Finishing Line’s critically acclaimed Chapbook Series, is by Interlaken author, Jillian … Read more

Primus Mootry column: Free your inner poet, and feelings, and see what you get | Opinion

On Wednesdays through the end of the year, The Herald Bulletin is republishing a selection of columns written by Primus Mootry, the retired schoolteacher and community advocate who died in a March 31 fire at his Anderson home. This column originally ran April 23, 2014. It’s been slightly edited, as Primus asked readers to email … Read more

The National Book Foundation visits Berea | Education

BEREA – For most, the National Book Foundation (NBF) will forever be associated with the little silver sticker which is often attached to acclaimed books. That sticker signifies the book has been awarded NBF’s most well known feature – the National Book Award. While the award it presents are one of the primary features of … Read more

Jesse White announces 18th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition | Education

SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced that entry forms are available for the 18th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. “We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide an outlet for talented writers,” White said. “Great poems have the ability to … Read more

Poetry books for young readers, during poetry month – The Virginian-Pilot

Step into the world of a poet: Examine the world with magnifying-glass eyes and open your heart to the joys that sneak up on you, of swooping owls, and the smell of cookies, and the wispy clouds of a June afternoon. April is National Poetry Month, and the shelves are full of gorgeous new books … Read more