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Alex Elle is a writing goddess whose words make us melt. We’re majorly jealous of the talent this lady possesses. We picked some of our favorite quotes of hers, but you can find more of her writing (as well as breathtaking photos) on her Instagram. Alex has also authored and self-published two amazing books, Words From a Wanderer and Love in My Language. Get ready for some serious inspiration. 1.  2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.  8.  9.  10. Read More
The 6th annual Women In The World Summit was held in New York City this past week, and amidst an extraordinary collection of female speakers and panels, one pint-sized presenter is making a huge impact. 10-year-old Eunice Akoth, a sixth-grader at Kibera Africa's first all-girls school, delivered a rousing poem about life in Nairobi, Kenya's largest urban slum. She speaks with impressive gravitas for someone so young, and her passion and desire to share her experience for the good of others is palpable. Read More
Our lovely former BUST cover girl Amber Tamblyn has written some raw and thought provoking poems for her upcoming book, Dark Sparkler, out April 7th. The collection powerfully explores the lives of over twenty-five actresses who died before their time, including Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Sharon Tate, and Brittany Murphy. Want more? Take a look at Amber's interview with Janet Fitch in our latest issue and scroll down for book tour dates.  And check out Tamblyn reading her poem, "Jane Doe," for us below:      Image and video by Michael Lavine. Read More
Check out this new video for Maya Angelou’s track “Pickin’ ‘Em Up,” off the recently released album, Caged Bird Songs. Named after her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the album combines Angelou’s vocal performances with rad hip-hop and funk beats. Angelou’s grandson, Colin Johnson, told NPR that he hopes this blend will appeal to younger generations. "One of the things that she speaks to, for me at least, is our humanity and where we can go as a people coming together," he says. "It's a valuable message, no matter what generation. Read More
There is still no word about the fate of the Nina Simone biopic that premiered at Cannes this year despite controversy and criticism. But don’t stop feelin’ good, because there is another way to bask in the legacy of the fine, honest, powerful singer and activist. Verve Records will release a tribute album November 10 that features ten contemporary artists conjuring Simone’s ghost through her music. Read More
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also because it adds modern perspectives that help to remove a lot of the outdated “Princess” tropes. Read More
Breaking Poems is a blog created by a former journalist Sara Cress from Houston, who creates poems that are "Ripped From The Headlines." Fusing together two of the coolest sources for knowledge, poetry and breaking news. Sara started the project this year and is only just starting to gain momentum on her headline-inspired works. Scroll through and see some poignant and beautiful story-poem hybrids that you may remember from the papers this past year. Her pieces are sometimes funny, sad, scary, and inspirational. Read More
  At just before 7 PM on Saturday evening, a friend and I arrived at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café.  We were left in no doubt that we’d reached the right place: a huge mural of a man’s face before a microphone stretches across the façade. We bought tickets at the door and hurried into the café, wanting to get seats before the lights dimmed and “Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker,” the one woman play that we’d come to watch, began. Read More
Moments after Jillian Weise left the stage of a poetry festival for which I volunteered, she pressed a copy of her recent poetry collection, The Book of Goodbyes, into my hands without payment. It's inscribed with one simple instruction: "Set the world on fire." It's a brilliant manifesto for a young woman of any discipline, and one that punches through every line of Weise's poetry. I asked her a few questions about new words, cyborgs, and burning the patriarchy to the ground. Read More
Patty Griffin’s latest album American Kid was released a year ago. Since then she’s been touring to promote. Patty and her kick ass band came around again to NYC for 2 shows and I was lucky enough to go to her Music Hall of Williamsburg gig this past Friday night.  Ms. Griffin and company held the audience captive for 90 minutes with selections from Patty’s catalogue as well as a few surprise numbers. If I had to use one word to describe Ms. G. it would be eclectic. Patty and band performed at least 5 different styles of music through out their set. Read More