Frog Island Readings Presents…

Paige VanSice is wanderer and writer. She is what she wants to be when she grows up. She is inspired by feeling the smallness in mountains and the power from rivers. Paige holds a degree from Eastern Michigan University’s Creative Writing program, and attributes finding the purpose in her passion, to telling time by finding Truth. She will be reading from, Waiting on Rocks for Boats: a poetic memoir.

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Jennifer K. Dick, originally from Iowa, has lived in France for the past 20+ years. She is the author of six chapbooks and three full-length poetry books, most recently Lilith: A Novel in Fragments (Corrupt Press, September 2019). Her fourth book That Which I Touch Has No Name is forthcoming from Eyewear Press, London in October 2020. It is written intermingling French, English and some Italian. Jennifer has a PhD in Comparative Lit from Université de Paris III, and is a translator, critic and events organizer involved in collaborative projects, including writing for and with dancer Olivier Gabrys. She teaches American Lit and Civ at the Université de Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France and curates a monthly bilingual reading series for American and French authors called Ivy Writers Paris. She also co-directs the Ecrire l’Art residency for French authors with Director Sandrine Wymann at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporain. In Sept 2019, they put out a large-format book collecting texts from the residency’s first 21 authors from the past 10 years, Dossier des ouvrages exécutés, available from les presses du reel in France.

and what would you say if you could

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and what would you say if you could

remembering Marthe Reed

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at the &Now Festival of New Writing in Oct. 2018, Jill Darling, Linda Russo, Dana Teen Lomax, and C.S. Carrier collected  some work by and about Marthe Reed into a small chapbook that is not at all comprehensive, but speaks to a depth of feeling she carried through the world, and that shows in her writing, her social engagement, her concern for others, and her focus on the hope or potential for a different and better world. There’s a lot of continuing terrible, but we do also need hope.

2 Poems by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

 On Hunger

“The crown ain’t worth much if the nigga wearin’ it always gettin’ his shit took”
— Marlo Stanfield

And I say now what I have always known:

a king is only named such after the blood of anyone who is not them pools at their feet and grows to be a child’s height before running down a hill, flecking the grass of a village crowded with quivering mothers and their boys, huddled underneath a new and undone black sky. There is not a way to rule without the knowing of where your family will get its next meal  rather, who it will be taken from, or who will become it. The dead, we know, do not hunger for anything but stillness. Perhaps their name sung around a fire by those still living, their gold worn atop the head of the man who made a widow of their lover.

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30 ways to celebrate national poetry month

  1. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  2. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  3. Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers.
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Watch a poetry movie.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’sP.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day today! The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.
  30. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book The Life of Poetry.
from Poets.Org

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