In honor of National Poetry Month, the best poets in America share the poets and poetry that have influenced and inspired their own writing.
Multi-genre author Jacqueline Woodson garners the energy of history and her own childhood to shape stories for young readers.
“Craft is work.”
Young poets gather to learn the craft from literary stars.
Spoken word poet Sarah Kay discusses writing, listening and the freedom to give poetry a try.
During the endless weeks of March, writers face roadblocks in their work, whether it’s a problem story, a silent muse or a creative slump. These novelists, nonfiction writers and poets share how they power through the rough patches in chilly times.
“Revision is where the magic happens. I try to get through a first draft quickly (though not quick enough), so I can massage it and make it work.”
The poet learned to “get out of earth’s orbit” to find freedom and a sense of wonder in her writing.
What books do you turn to for guidance? And what books are you missing?
Poet and journalist Alissa Quart combines her skills for a sprawling examination of the outsider class.