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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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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Review: Nature, Peace and Death in Mary Oliver’s “Felicity”

NATALIE PATTERSON Felicity By Mary Oliver Published 2015 Reading “Felicity”, it’s easy to remember that Mary Oliver has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry.  Elusive and mysterious, notoriously private Oliver is known for her meditations on the landscapes and life of the natural world.   Now eighty-two, she […]

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Student Illustrates Poetry Chapbook

By Eva Andrews     This semester, Sara Tolbert has illustrated a poetry chapbook, Uhaul: A Collection of Lesbian Love Poems, written by Emily Ramser. The chapbook was inspired by Ramser’s experiences with Tinder last summer and her relationships with women. Ramser reached out to Tolbert to illustrate the book during the fall semester. The two worked […]

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Let’s Talk Slam

By Eva Andrews     Bold. Defiant. Aggressive. Revealing.     These are just a few words to describe slam poetry, an art popular in America since the 1980s. Slam poetry, spearheaded by Marc Smith, left the classroom a long time ago and stumbled into the streets, where it shed its stuffy strict diction and took on a bebop, […]

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A Place For Writers in Winston Salem

  With spring coming up and everyone back on campus, people are looking for things to do. In particular, most people are in search for something to do off campus. While students love campus activities, sometimes they just need to get away from it all. One way to do so is by checking out the […]

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