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September 24 is National Punctuation Day What is your favorite –or least favorite—mark of punctuation? Challenge Time!! Write an ode to a mark of punctuation. You could write it in the style of Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to My Socks” (teaching idea from the Academy of American Poets here), or even a mock-ode like Mark Twain’s … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 24, 2020, 8:10 am
Checkers Day and Dogs in Politics Day It’s time to get out the checker board. Today is Checkers Day. It is also Dogs in Politics Day. Okay, let’s explain this one: Richard M. Nixon was a candidate for Vice-President of the United States, running with Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1952.  There was some serious speculation that … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 23, 2020, 8:38 am
Martín Espada, in his work as poet, essayist, editor, translator, and as an attorney, has always been devoted to the pursuit of social justice and the reclamation of the historical record. His dedication to human rights is evident in his body of work that ranges from poetry, to essays, to editing and translation. His collection … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 22, 2020, 8:05 am
It seems really fitting that we should be honoring both teachers and Latinx poets in September. Richard Blanco is the Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets, and he promotes the organization’s free resources for teachers, student projects, and other educational initiatives. Blanco is not only a poet, but he is also a public … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 21, 2020, 8:05 pm
Former Frost Place Latinx Scholar (2017) Benjamin Garcia’s collection, Thrown in the Throat (Milkweed Editions, 2020), debuted with a virtual launch party in August. Ben is the son of Mexican immigrants, one of whom is formerly undocumented and one whose family has lived in New Mexico long before it was claimed by the United States. … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 21, 2020, 7:18 am
Former 2016 Conference on Poetry and Teaching faculty member Rich Villar is the author of Comprehending Forever (Willow Books, 2014), and his poetry and commentary have appeared on HBO, NPR, and in numerous journals and anthologies. Villar’s latest work is anthologized in What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019) … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 20, 2020, 7:14 am
Former 2019 Conference on Poetry Faculty Oliver Baez Bendorf earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Poetry and MA in Library & Information from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oliver is the author of The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press, 2015) and Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2019). … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 19, 2020, 7:10 am
Quite recently, Deborah Paredez was faculty at the Conference on Poetry. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, on National Public Radio, and others. Deborah was awarded her PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Performance at Northwestern University and she … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 18, 2020, 9:00 am
Eduardo C. Corral was a 2018 Poetry Seminar faculty member and 2019 Frost Place Chapbook Competition judge. His second book, Guillotine (Graywolf, 2020) follows his first collection, Slow Lightning, published by Yale University Press. Corral was the winner of the 2011 Yale Younger Series Poets award, making him the first Latino recipient of this prize Eduardo … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 17, 2020, 8:54 am
COURTESY POST Cleopatra Mathis & Susan Barba | An Evening of Poetry – ONLINE We are pleased to celebrate new collections by Cleopatra Mathis, After the Body, and Susan Barba, Geode. Cleopatra Mathis was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, and though she has lived in New England for years, her childhood roots in southern nature continue to inform … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: September 16, 2020, 9:13 pm