Contemporary Poetry Review: “The Best American Poetry 2018”

NATALIE PATTERSON “The Best American Poetry 2018” Dana Gioia, Guest Editor David Lehman, Series Editor In an essay published in The Atlantic in 1991, poet Dana Gioia asked, “Can Poetry Matter?”  Now, over twenty-five years later, he serves as guest editor for the 2018 release of “The Best American Poetry,” a series that has, since […]

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This Month in History: March

NATALIE PATTERSON March 1, 1961: President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps, an American organization that sends volunteers to developing countries to assist with healthcare and education, among other needs. March 3, 1913: Thousands of women gather in Washington, D.C. to march in a parade calling for a constitutional amendment granting women the right […]

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Celebrating Spring!

NATALIE PATTERSON Spring is here, folks, and you know what that means–giving up on reading, projects and midterms so you can lay in an exhausted stupor in a patch of daffodils, letting the earth open up and swallow your sweet, tired body. This is of course valid, but you can celebrate Spring in other fun […]

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Contemporary Poetry Review: “play dead” by francine j. harris

NATALIE PATTERSON “play dead” francine j. harris Published April 2016 francine j. harris, 2015 NEA fellow and PEN Open Book Award-winner, writes a poetry that is as difficult to describe as it is profound, subversive and challenging. “play dead” has been showered with accolades, including a 2017 Lambda Literary Award and is praised both by […]

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WSPD Chief Catrina Thompson Addresses Triad NOW Meeting

NATALIE PATTERSON On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Traid NOW, the local chapter for the National Organization for Women, hosted its monthly meeting at Parkway UCC, welcoming guest speaker Catrina Thompson, Chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department, and colleagues.  Chief Thompson, a 24-year veteran of the WSPD, presents herself as an advocate for domestic violence and mental […]

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This Month in History: February

NATALIE PATTERSON February 1, 1960: Four African-American students sit down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., and refuse to leave upon being denied service.  This is repeated for several days, with protests spreading to other southern states, and over 1,600 people are arrested for participating in sit-ins. February 3, 1870: The 15th and […]

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This Month in History: January

NATALIE PATTERSON January 1, 1959: After leading a revolution to overthrow U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba, establishing a Communist dictatorship.   January 1, 1963: The Emancipation Proclamation is issued as a presidential proclamation and executive order, legally freeing slaves in the states opposing the Union. January 6, 1412: Joan of […]

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