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Every Wednesday between July 10 and July 31, 2024, we will publish a new installment of Summer Songs, a series of generative prompts from Academy Chancellor and Pulitzer Prize winner Diane Seuss. Inspired by poems from our archives, and featured in our weekly newsletter, these exercises are designed to breathe life into your summer writing.

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Summer Songs is part of the Poetry Coalition’s slate of programs in the spring and summer that reflect the transformative impact poetry has on individual readers and communities across the nation, and is made possible with support from the Mellon Foundation. Learn more about the Poetry Coalition’s season of programs here.

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