Poetry & Protest

In March 2020, the Poetry Coalition is launching “I am deliberate / and afraid / of nothing: Poetry & Protest,” its fourth annual programming initiative. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition is bringing 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. 

Any and all are invited to program on this theme in March and share their efforts using the hashtags #PoetryandProtest and #PoetryCoalition.

Learn more about the poetry coalition programs that took place across the country in March 2019.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we kindly recommend that you visit the event organizers' websites to receive the most up to date information regarding cancellations, postponements, or transitions to virtual mediums. We will be updating this page accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.