Bringing Poetry into Communities

How does one bring poetry to a community? And who is going to make it happen? In response to these questions posed by the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Katharine Coles and a cadre of poets and artists provide this essential guide and inspiration. Blueprints creates for poets and arts organizers the sense that they are part of a larger, noble endeavor based in shared values and commitment to poetry. The first three sections include essays by a dozen poets and artists about the ways they have brought poetry into different kinds of communities. These essays demonstrate what has been done and what can be done and will inspire others to bring poetry into their own communities. The final section provides a practical "toolkit" loaded with experience-based advice and the tools and strategies necessary to acocmplish those endeavors.

Elizabeth Alexander
Sherwin Bitsui
Lee Briccetti
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Dana Gioia
Robert Hass
Bas Kwakman
Thomas Lux
Christopher Merrill
Luis Rodriguez
Anna Deavere Smith
Patricia Smith

Contributors to the Toolkit:
Elizabeth Allen
Susan Boskoff
Katharine Coles
Tree Swenson
Orlando White

Katharine Coles is inaugural director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, professor of English at the University of Utah, and Utah poet laureate. She is the author of numerous volumes of petry and has published poems in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies.

Praise and Reviews:

"This indispensable guide offers specific examples of programs that work well in diverse and far-flung communities. There is no guide like this, and it's long overdue."—Peggy Shumaker, Alaska State Writer Laureate

"A most worthy and urgently needed resource to help bring poetry into new communities."—Guy Lebeda, Literature Coordinator, Utah Arts Council