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How to Become a Poet
24/7 Relentless Careerism: How you can become the most important poet in America overnight
by Jim Behrle
The Poetry Foundation
[Editor's note: This talk was originally delivered in slightly different form at the St. Mark's Poetry Project on January 25, 2010.]
Laureates receive a US$35,000 stipend and are given the responsibility of overseeing an ongoing series of poetry readings and lectures at the library, and a charge to promote poetry.
United States Poet Laureates
Current US PL -- Natasha Trethewey is an outstanding poet/historian in the mold of Robert Penn Warren, our first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.
Poet Laureate of Kansas
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., is the 2009-2012 Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her career as a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator focuses on how literature can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. As founder of Transformative Language Arts, she also values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.
Hit Record! Recite a Poem Every Day
HITRECORD is an open-collaborative production company, and this website is where we make things together.
Online Resources for Finding Poetry
Poetry in Voice
Canadian Poetry Recitation Contest
Poet of the Day
Find your favorite poems
Watch others perform
Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.
Brave New Voices
All over the United States, a new generation of poets is emerging. Our HBO series captures teenagers picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone with passion, intelligence, creativity, honesty and power.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
150 Kansas Poems
Celebrating Kansas' Sesquicentennial
Stay tuned for a new poem each week connecting to Kansas.