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Copyright: 2011
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 320 pp.
Illustrations: 2 illus.

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978-1-60781-147-3
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Blueprints

Bringing Poetry into Communities

Edited by Katharine Coles

Literature/Poetry

How does one bring poetry to a community? And who is going to make it happen? In response to these questions posed by the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Katharine Coles and a cadre of poets and artists provide this essential guide and inspiration. Blueprints creates for poets and arts organizers the sense that they are part of a larger, noble endeavor based in shared values and commitment to poetry. The first three sections include essays by a dozen poets and artists about ways they have brought poetry into different kinds of communities. These essays demonstrate what has been done and what can be done and will inspire others to bring poetry into their own communities. The final section provides a practical “toolkit” loaded with experience-based advice and the tools and strategies necessary to accomplish those endeavors.


Katharine Coles is a professor of English at the University of Utah, former director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, and Utah poet laureate. She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and has published poems in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies.



Contributors:

Essayists:
Elizabeth Alexander
Sherwin Bitsui
Lee Briccetti
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Dana Gioia
Robert Hass
Bas Kwakman
Thomas Lux
Christopher Merrill
Luis Rodriguez
Anna Deavere Smith
Patricia Smith
Contributors to the Toolkit
Elizabeth Allen
Susan Boskoff
Katharine Coles
Tree Swenson
Orlando White


Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Introduction, Katharine Coles
Section 1 Alive in the Wor(l)d: Why We Do What We Do
The Flywheel: On the Relationship between Poetry and Its Audience—Poetry International, Bas Kwakman
The Second Throat: Poetry Slam, Patricia Smith
Converging Wor[l]ds: Nizhoni Bridges and Southwest Native Communities, Sherwin Bitsui
The Word Becomes You, Anna Deavere Smith

Section II Community and Back: Poetry in Dialogue
Tia Chucha Comes Home: Poetry, Community, and a Crazy Aunt—Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, Luis Rodriguez
We Were Here, and We Are Here: The Cave Canem Poetry Workshop, Elizabeth Alexander
About River of Words, Robert Hass
The Poem is a Bridge: Poetry@Tech, Thomas Lux

Section III Drawing Breath: Programs at Large and at Home
The Three Goat Story: Notes on Poetry and Diplomacy—University of Iowa International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill
One Heart at a Time: The Creation of Poetry Out Loud, Dana Gioia
People, Habitat, Poetry: The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Alison Hawthorne Deming
A Place for Poetry: Building Models for Poetry Programming in Communities—Poets House, Lee Briccetti

Section IV Apprentice Yourself: A Toolkit for Poetry Programmers
Katharine Coles, Susan Boskoff, Tree Swenson, Orlando White, and Elizabeth Allen
Part 1. An Idea, A Pencil, and Paper: Tools for Practical Dreaming
Part 2. Hammer, Saw, and Nails: Tools for Framing
Part 3. Sandpaper, Wallpaper, and Paint: Finishing Tools for the Event Itself
Part 4: Bent Nails and Short Boards: When Something Goes Wrong—And It Will
Part 5: Nuts, Bolts, and Widgets: Tools for Tinkering

Contributors


Praise and Reviews:

“This indispensable guide offers specific examples of programs that work well in diverse and far-flung communities. There is no guide like this, and it’s long overdue.”—Peggy Shumaker, Alaska State Writer Laureate

“A most worthy and urgently needed resource to help bring poetry into new communities.”—Guy Lebeda, Literature Coordinator, Utah Arts Council

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