poetry

Street Economy: Poets For Hire

Apr 28, 2016
Sarah Holtz

In New Orleans, culture often transforms into economic transactions that happen on the street. In this episode of Street Economy – a series that documents what it's like to making a living on the streets of New Orleans - street poet Shannon takes us into the lives of the poets who create and exchange their work for what people are willing to pay for it. 

Gian Smith On Poetry Charged With Meaning And Intensity

Jan 20, 2016
Gian Smith

Whether it’s on a crowded street corner or in front of his bathroom mirror, Gian Smith practices poetry wherever he can. A teacher by day, Gian is part of the city’s poetry community: a specialized group of artists who prioritize the intimacy of the spoken word.

Historic New Orleans Collection

Lois Tillman fondly remembers a Chinaberry tree that was in the yard of her childhood home. It was there that her Papa taught her to love poetry, which began her literary journey.

As the years came and went, Lois became a teacher, a writer, and a performance poet known as Starlyte.  She found out inspiration comes in many forms, from the terrestrial to the cosmic.

White House

Michelle Obama has introduced the newest class of National Student Poets, including a student from New Orleans — Madeleine Lecesne, 18, of Lusher Charter School.

The five 15- to 18-year-old poets will promote the reading, writing and appreciation of poetry during a year of service as literary ambassadors, particularly among young people.

This week on The Reading Life: Music writer John Wirt, whose new book is Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.

We’ll also hear from the wonderful musician Leyla McCalla, whose new CD Vari-Colored Songs, A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is inspired by the work of her favorite poet.

 In honor of National Poetry Month, Ann Marie Awad sat down to talk with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. She’s on a mission to change the way the rest of the world looks at the state of Louisiana through poetry. 

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The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that's how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter. 

Public Library To Host U.S. Poet Laureate

Nov 26, 2012

The New Orleans Public Library will host a celebration of the arts with a reading and book signing with United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

Trethewey, a Gulf Coast native, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Dedicated to recovering the Gulf Coast, Threthewey will share her themes of race, history, personal experiences and politics with the people of New Orleans.

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.