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Poet Profile: Kwame AlexanderApril 26

A native of New York, Kwame Alexander now lives in Northern Virginia with his family while he travels the world encouraging young people to write. His books, like The Crossover, have won awards both for their merit as poetry and as exceptional children’s literature. In an interview, he told NPR, “The power of poetry is that you can take these emotionally heavy moments in our lives, and you can distill them into these palatable, these digestible words and lines and phrases that allow us to... Read More

Hail to the Poet-in-Chief!April 19

Anne Spencer, the subject of last week’s post, was a gardener and librarian before she was a poet. Another Virginian who wrote poetry for his own personal satisfaction was our very own John Tyler! Yes, the tenth president of these United States was noted for his love of poetry. While he never sought to publish his poetry, he wrote poems before, during, and after his days in the White House. Other presidents have tried their hand at poetry too. Barack Obama is one of the few presidents with... Read More