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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sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also because it adds modern perspectives that help to remove a lot of the outdated “Princess” tropes.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