Poem of the Week: “The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems,” by Leila Chatti

The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems Because, while a war blooms at the margins of the other country that claims me, still   I am here with my ordinary grief and its language.   Because every time I open my mouth I am an Arab opening my mouthContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems,” by Leila Chatti”

Poem of the Week: “The First Book,” by Rita Dove

  The First Book ~ by Rita Dove   Open it.   Go ahead, it won’t bite. Well…maybe a little.   More a nip, like. A tingle. It’s pleasurable, really.   You see, it keeps on opening. You may fall in.   Sure, it’s hard to get started; remember learning to use   knife and fork?Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “The First Book,” by Rita Dove”

Call for Readers – Festival of Listening

Astros y fuentes y flores, no murmuréis de mis sueños, Sin ellos, ¿cómo admiraros ni cómo vivir sin ellos? – Rosalía de Castro We’re now accepting readers for the Festival of Listening – An Evening of Untranslated Poetry at (scene) Metrospace on Tuesday, March 1. Any and all languages are welcome! In the past, we’veContinue reading “Call for Readers – Festival of Listening”

Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community

By Kelsey Block “It’s a shared experience,” Memoirist Jane Congdon mentioned during her visit to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities last week. “I’ve been a visiting writer before, but I’ve never been an artist in conversation.” The RCAH welcomed Congdon back in November 2011 to discuss her first memoir entitled, It StartedContinue reading “Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community”

Virginia poet laureate visits RCAH

By Kelsey Block “What I like most is following the words, following their sounds. A poem for me always starts as a phrase, a couple of words I hear together that just intrigue me,” Sofia Starnes, the poet laureate of Virginia, said. “Where will this word take me? It might open up a memory, somethingContinue reading “Virginia poet laureate visits RCAH”

Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize

By Kelsey Block Visiting writer Sofia Starnes, the poet laureate of Virginia, announced at her reading last night that RCAH Center for Poetry intern Jenny Crakes won this year’s Annie Balocating Poetry Prize. Crakes said she was both surprised and excited to have won the $500 award. “The poem was about a road trip thatContinue reading “Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize”

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the RCAH Center for Poetry

National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (left) kicked off our Spring 2014 Poetry Festival with a reading on Wednesday, April 2. On the second day of her visit, Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen facilitated a Q&A session at the MSU Main Library. Check out our Facebook and Flickr for more about Natasha’s visit! Photo by LinneaContinue reading “Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the RCAH Center for Poetry”

Festival Of Listening

By Kelsey Block The RCAH Center for Poetry was proud to put on the 2014 Festival of Listening. An estimated 50 people gathered last Thursday at (scene) metrospace to listen to untranslated poetry read aloud by 13 speakers of 11 different languages. Kegan Cochrane, MSU sophomore, read two poems – one in Icelandic and one inContinue reading “Festival Of Listening”