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Meet the Poets: the Writers Council and Beyond

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Patricia Smith: Exploring Life Through the Poetry of Personas
 
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Why I Write: Jane Hirshfield Writes about Life's Profound Mystery
By Jane Hirshfield
Prize-winning international poet, translator, and essayist Jane Hirshfield's poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence: desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, and the many dimensions of our connection with others. She tells NWP why she writes.
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Why I Write: To Awaken the Spirit in the Downtrodden
By Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Al Mills
Poets and youth workers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha answer the call to describe #WhyIWrite with a poem. The answer is inseparable from their community and the promise of the youth they work with.
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Billy Collins: A ‘Reader’s Poet’ Reads at NWP’s Annual Meeting
 
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Poet Laureate Kay Ryan: Poet as Teacher, Teacher as Poet
 
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Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar: Jack Powers, Poetry & A Career of Teaching Writing
By National Writing Project
We kick-off National Poetry Month by visiting with poet and teacher Jack Powers, celebrating the publication of his new book, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.
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Poet, Author, Educator: A Visit with Zev (Dan) Levinson
By National Writing Project
Zev (Dan) Levinson visits with us to discuss his poetry, outreach, and connection to education through the Redwood Writing Project and California Poets in the Schools. In addition to being a poet and author, Levinson has also recently joined the NWP Writers Council.
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Poets of the NWP Writers Council: George Ella Lyon, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Shirley McPhillips, and Cyrus Armajani
By National Writing Project
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For many years, the National Writing Project has benefited from the performances and insights of poets, both through NWP’s Writers Council and though collaborations exploring teaching and poetry at NWP events or on NWP Radio. This collection links to recordings and audio episodes that capture some of those connections for all of us to enjoy.

NWP sites and leaders can help build this collection by contributing your own recordings of keynotes, workshops, and interviews with poets you work with. And you can always invite the writers you work with to join the Writers Council and ‘stand up for writing.’

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Why I Write: Jane Hirshfield Writes about Life's Profound Mystery
By Jane Hirshfield
Prize-winning international poet, translator, and essayist Jane Hirshfield's poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence: desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, and the many dimensions of our connection with others. She tells NWP why she writes.
Read more
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Why I Write: To Awaken the Spirit in the Downtrodden
By Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Al Mills
Poets and youth workers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha answer the call to describe #WhyIWrite with a poem. The answer is inseparable from their community and the promise of the youth they work with.
Read more
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Billy Collins: A ‘Reader’s Poet’ Reads at NWP’s Annual Meeting