Tag Archives: Poetry

Why We Should All Read Sarah Piatt’s Poems

In the late 1850s, when a young Sarah Morgan Bryan began to publish her poems in magazines and journals (her first collection, A Woman’s Poems, appeared in 1871 under her married name Sarah Piatt), poetry was one of America’s most popular literary forms. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell, and their fellow Fireside Poets […]

Author Evaleen Stein and her “Little House of Dreams”

I live across the street from the former home of early-twentieth century author, poet, and artist Evaleen Stein. When Evaleen and her mother built their home in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1910, complete with a lush, well-planned side garden, they named their sprightly cottage Little House of Dreams. Evaleen painted a verse above the fireplace where […]

Patti Smith: From Poet on the Fringe to Literary Legend

America’s Punk Priestess of Rock, poet & writer Patti Smith, has turned 70 years old. Her artistic and literary journey began in earnest 50 years ago, when in the summer of 1967, she left rural New Jersey with just enough money for a 1-way ticket to New York City. She brought in her small red […]

Excerpt: A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

Before America had an official poet laureate, the functions of that office were performed by the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Gwendolyn Brooks became the twenty-ninth poetry consultant. Her tenure at the Library of Congress was a success; she defined the work of the poet laureate. She was an activist poetry consultant, welcoming […]

American Writer Spotlight: Catherine Pierce

Have you heard of Catherine Pierce? No? Well, you’re in for a treat! She is truly an extraordinary poet, and one of my personal favorites. If you need some convincing, I have plenty in store with this post. From her wonderful collections to the many reasons why I think her poetry is lovely, you’ll walk […]