7 Picks for Indie Bookstore Day

 

On April 29th, nearly five hundred bookstores across the country will be participating in the nationwide party that is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s a day to celebrate brick and mortar bookstores and the communities they serve – to give toasts over cupcakes and overload friends with recommended reading. But it’s also a day to celebrate local writers. This year, we’re highlighting our favorite independent bookstores and the contemporary poets who ...

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 ...

“PrOtEsT” – Poet Activists Throughout the Years

 

In the days since Trump's inauguration, we’ve witnessed an increase in protesting and grass roots activism. And while it’s an immediate and important part of the democratic process, we’re also consciously looking to the activists who came before us. Here are seven of our favorite poet-activists and the causes that they hold dear. Whether you’re educating yourself on the movements of the past, searching for a line of poetry ...

9 Poets to Remember during Women’s History Month

 

It’s Women’s History Month and here at My Poetic Side we couldn’t be happier. To commemorate the month, we’re celebrating innovative poets of the past and radical poets of the present while maintaining that the future is indeed female. So, dive into the work of these activists, feminists, abolitionists, anarchists, and, above all, poets. Because we can guarantee each and every one of them has something to teach today’s poetry ...

US Poets Laureate and the Presidents They Served Under

 

With Presidents' Day coming up in the United States, we're thinking a lot about Poets Laureate, the official poets of the nation. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, as they're formally known, is appointed by the Librarian of Congress for a one year term, serving from October to May. It's fairly common, however, for the Librarian of Congress to renew a Poet Laureate's term for an ...