Resisting Arrest Poetry Reading in DC

Poet Lauren K. Alleyne invoked Lucille Clifton’s spirit by opening her set with the late poet’s poem, “won’t you celebrate with me.” When Lauren recited the final lines, “…come celebrate/with me that everyday/something has tried to kill me/and has failed,” a collective exhale came from the standing-room-only crowd. Read the full article.

Universal Children’s Day – No Age Limit on Making a Difference

Ryleigh Kastra and Joshua Williams fed needy people in their communities. Rachel Beckwith brought clean water to African villagers. These young people, all of whom Youth Service America (YSA) recognized as Everyday Young Heroes, weren’t in their teens when they decided to make a difference…they were children. Yesterday was Universal Children’s Day, which the United […]

Arts Advocates, Unite!

In a previous post, I talked about why poetry matters. Now, with the shift towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum, advancing the arts is more important than ever. I’m still hellbent on convincing my opponents that arts education is as important as mathematical skills. In fact, while “you can replace some math skills […]

NPR Interview

Tuesday, I was interviewed on NPR along with Lauren Wilcox, the Washington Post Magazine reporter who wrote the cover story “Is Poetry Dead?” (the article I’m quote in). Check out the show here!

I’m quoted in this WaPo article about DC poetry!

That’s right! Lauren Wilcox, the Washington Post Magazine reporter, came through the DC Creative Writing Workshop and interviewed me, the program’s Exec. Dir. Nancy Schwalb, and our students. It was a great time! Here’s an excerpt from that article: On a recent weekday in Frances Harrington’s classroom at Hart Middle School in Anacostia, there was […]

Community Book Drive Update

For those who read about this past Saturday’s book drive at Watts Park and want to donate via Tidal Basin Review, below are mailing and drop-off information: For folks who wish to send/drop off books for DCPS: By Mail: Department of Employment Services Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander Constituent Services Office c/o Amin Muslim Director of […]