stanza

“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is fully furnished with updates throughout the week about new jobs for poets, our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.

Jun 28 2017
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: June 28, 2017

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jun 21 2017
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: June 21, 2017

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jun 20 2017
Summer Poems

Poems for the Start of Summer

Tomorrow marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official start of summer.
Jun 19 2017
Tracy K. Smith

A Q&A with New U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

Following the news of her appointment to the prestigious position, we asked Tracy K. Smith a few questions about the role of the poet in American culture, the relevance of poetry, and what she plans to do during her tenure as poet laureate.
Jun 16 2017
Father's Day

Poems for Dad on Father's Day

First celebrated on June 19, 1910, Father’s Day was officially made a national holiday in 1972 and is still celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year.
Jun 14 2017
Tracy K. Smith: Photo credit: Tina Chang

Tracy K. Smith Appointed U.S. Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress announced today that Tracy K. Smith has been appointed the twenty-second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Following Juan Felipe Herrera, who served two one-year terms, Smith will begin her tenure in September, opening the library's literary season with a reading of her poetry.
Jun 14 2017
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: June 14, 2017

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jun 07 2017
Jobs for Poets

Jobs for Poets: June 7, 2017

Every Wednesday we share literary and arts jobs posted by our fellow organizations, universities, and schools. Take a look at the opportunities available for poets in the workforce now.
Jun 02 2017
Alberto Ríos

Letters from the 2017 Dear Poet Project

Do poems come from your heart or your mind?

—Janet, Grade 7

Always both, and also from my ear and my tongue and my feet and hands and hips. Someone once called poetry “thinking with your whole body.” That is the job of poems—to think with the whole body and the whole life. 

—Jane Hirshfield

Jun 01 2017
LGBTQ Pride

Poems & More for LGBTQ Pride

Today marks the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month, an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in the United States.

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