Poems for Juneteenth

June 15, 2021

Poems for Juneteenth


Reflect on Juneteenth with poems from Poets.org


A People’s Historian” by Kenneth Carroll
Another Strange Land: Downpour off Cape Hatteras (March, 1864)” by Aaron Coleman
We are Marching” by Carrie Law Morgan Figgs
When Fannie Lou Hamer Said” by Mahogany L. Browne
My People” by Langston Hughes
Tired” by Fenton Johnson
Louisa County Patrol Claims, 1770–1863” by Kiki Petrosino
Inheritance” by Camille Rankine
Emancipation” by Priscilla Jane Thompson
For My People” by Margaret Walker

Celebrate Pride Month     

To celebrate and honor Pride Month, we’ve curated this selection of poems, audio, videos, essays, books, and more highlighting LGBTQ voices and experiences. 

In case you missed the launch of Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions, 2021), the debut collection of poems by Michael Kleber-Diggs and the 2020 winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, watch this recording of the conversation between Kleber-Diggs and former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Furious Flower Poetry Center’s Summer Legacy Seminar

June 15th is the last day to register for our #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Furious Flower Poetry Center’s Summer Legacy Seminar, Groundwork: The Legacy of Poet and Editor Haki Hadhubuti. A week-long event featuring lectures, workshops, and panels about the work of Haki Madhubuti. June 21 through June 25. Learn more here

City Corps Grants
City Artist Corps Grants

New York City based poets, The New York Foundation for the Arts has launched City Artist Corps Grants, which will distribute one time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists who will engage the five boroughs with arts activities beginning this July. The Cycle 1 application will close on Tuesday, June 22, at 10:00 AM EDT. Visit NYFA’s website for details

The 2021–2022 Poetry Coalition Fellowships

The Poetry Coalition, a network of over twenty-five poetry organizations coordinated by the Academy of American Poets, is pleased to announce the 2021–2022 Poetry Coalition Fellowships, which are paid fellowship positions for five individuals who will each assist a different Poetry Coalition organization for twenty hours per week over the course of a forty-week period. Applications will be accepted until July 6. 

 In this short Q&A, June Poem-a-Day guest editor, Anaïs Duplan, author of Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), discusses their curatorial approach and their own creative work. 
Revisit last week’s Poem-a-Day selections with us on Poets.org:

June 6: “Knowledge” by Louise Bogan
June 7: “Perseverance” by Deborah Paredez
June 8: “I Don't Say Goodbye, I Only Say Ciao—” by Gabrielle Octavia Rucker
June 9: “Pastoral” by Hanae Jonas
June 10: “Interrogation of an Alternate Timeline” by Hazem Fahmy
June 11: “[there must be one thing you can’t have in order to be alive]” by Jon-Michael Frank
June 12: “Seashells” by Alexander Posey
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