In March 2020, the Poetry Coalition launched “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing: Poetry & Protest,” its fourth annual programming initiative. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition brought its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on this timely theme.
The line “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing” is from the poem “New Year’s Day” by Audre Lorde.
The theme was inspired by a number of occasions taking place next year, including the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and the 50th anniversary of the tragic shooting of student protesters at Kent State University. It also speaks to the role poetry has played in encouraging civic and grassroots engagement, and contributed to public debate and dialogue.
Learn more about the poetry coalition programs that took place across the country in March 2019.
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