Spotlight: Margot Farrington

My relationship between poetry and performance: close!  Poetry began as an oral art, and provides that tribal gathering we all relish. Mine is a tandem path, rocking back and forth between writing and performance. You don’t study theater without coming away with skills: how timing matters, how to hold an audience, how to be heard (with or without a mike), and yes, how to be still and silent, too.

Spotlight: Blanche McCrary Boyd

don’t lie when the facts matter. Memoir is a complex issue because memory is not accurate to begin with, so accuracy is not always relevant.

Spotlight: Elizabeth Searle

Lonely, imaginative and obsessed with American TV shows, Leni pursues her big dream of singing onstage, letting herself be lured toward the exploitative Amsterdam nightclub scene.

Spotlight: Arisa White

In the stripping back there is pain and suffering so alive and tangible today, and so I spent a considerable amount of time in tears. Feeling myself resurrecting something that is both my own and ours. And from there, from what is my own and ours, the language came, honest and bare and full of sense.

Spotlight: JP Howard

We tired of being seen through same old lens. We
want history to stop rewinding and repeating. We don’t want to be a part of senseless beatings. We
need our brilliance to be widespread. We got no choice but to move ahead.
–JP Howard

Spotlight: Lisa Wujnovich

As a farmer, physical work grounds me. As a poet, I crave the soaring place poetry takes me, but know I still need grounding.  As a poet, I live between a waking dream state and a sensual grounded place.

Spotlight: Cynthia Dewi Oka

As a poet, I strive not to be afraid to look at anything we humans are capable of. As a survivor, I know that not even language can destroy me. 

Spotlight​: Marianela Medrano

“Embodied Writing concerns itself with capturing the expression of human experience in a way that elicits ‘sympathetic resonance,’ or a natural response through which a reader ‘vibrates’ empathically with the writer when reading or listening to a written piece.”

Spotlight: Annie Finch

As a poet writing for a world that does not yet exist, I found that I needed to write my own criticism in order to clear a space for my poetry to become itself.

Spotlight: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

“African-American history is so rife with really important information that most people never know. And when I say most, I am including black people and all American people. We just do not know African-American history in this country. I thought, I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss an opportunity to not insert very significant events. “

Spotlight: Anne Nelson

 I believe that journalism benefits from a strong sense of values, such as justice and humanitarian instinct, but it is best practiced without political activism. A journalists’ allegiance is to the truth. A good journalist is always open to changing her mind based on the evidence, and political activism doesn’t tend to work that way. 
– Anne Nelson