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Grace Ellery Channing Poems

 

Grace Ellery Channing was an American poet and playwright whose work was much inspired by time spent living in California and also by different spells in Italy, one of which she spent working as a war correspondent (1916-18).  She had a lot of work published in a magazine called The Land of Sunshine and she eventually became associate editor of this west coast ...

Guy Wetmore Carryl Poems

 

Guy Wetmore Carryl was a US poet, playwright, magazine editor and humourist.  He was born at a time known as the “gilded age” of literature and he did his best to challenge the status quo of this era wherever he could. He was born on the 4th March 1873 in NYC, the son of a writer of children’s books by the name of Charles Carryl.  There ...

Arts in the Parks

 

Earth Day may be coming up, but here at My Poetic Side we don’t need a holiday to celebrate the gorgeous natural landscapes that this country offers. The sun is out and vacation is on our minds, but there’s so much inspiration to be found – inspiration that we’re eager to channel into our own poetry. Luckily the National Park Service has created an artist in residence program called ...

Gérard de Nerval Poems

 

Gérard de Nerval was an influential 19th century French poet, playwright and translator.  He belonged to the French Romantic school of poets and was instrumental in getting French readers to appreciate similar work by German writers such as Goethe, Schiller and Klopstock through his translations of their poetry.  His later material delved into such areas as madness and the difference between fiction and ...

Cathy Park Hong Poems

 

Cathy Park Hong is a poet, essayist and college lecturer, specialising in creative writing.  She uses the technique of mixed language in some of her work where different languages are fused to create meaningful text, usually known as “code-switching”. She was born on the 7th August 1976 in Los Angeles, the daughter of Korean parents.  She grew up in Ohio, graduating from the ...

Paisley Rekdal Poems

 

Paisley Rekdal is an American award winning poet and university lecturer. Little is known of her early life but she was born some time during the late 20th century in Seattle, Washington State and she was raised by her Chinese-American mother and Norwegian father.  She was a bright girl at school and went on to receive a good university education, beginning with a ...

Amy King Poems

 

Amy King is a contemporary American poet, born sometime during the late 20th century, who has published at least four collections of poetry during the period 2005-2011.  She is also a college lecturer, currently teaching English at Nassau Community College.  Her time is split between three locations - Baltimore, Phoenicia, and Long Island. She is a private person and very little is known ...

Carmen Giménez Smith Poems

 

Carmen Giménez Smith is an American poet and lyric essay writer.  She has filled posts as a university lecturer on the subject of creative writing along with editorial positions.  She also acts a publisher of a company called Noemi Press. She was born on the 20th February 1971 in New York City but her parents moved the family to the bay area of ...

Charles Wright Poems

 

Charles Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who, in his 79th year, was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, a role that he filled from June 2014 until May 2015.  As well as writing he has had a long teaching career at various establishments including being Souder Family Professor of English at Charlottesville’s University of Virginia. He was born on the 25th August ...

Philip Levine Poems

 

Philip Levine was a prize-winning American writer and university lecturer who rose from a working class background in Detroit to become one of his country’s greatest poets.  Among many honours and awards came the ultimate prize, when he was into his eighties.  In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, a post which he filled for two years. He was born ...