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National Poetry Month and May Day 2012 April 30, 2012: On Saturday, I was again in the 9th floor offices of Domestic Workers United talking about poetry, about the function of politics in the creative writing workshop, about the 99%, about artists’ [...] by

XCP, African Cities Reader, & other journals April 19, 2012: I’ve been seeking to find—or print myself—the perfectly structured literary magazine  since I began editing and publishing XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics in the mid-1990s. Those early issues [...] by

Poetry’s Public Commitments April 13, 2012: On Thursday night, I gave a lecture at John Carroll Unviversity in Cleveland on “Globalization, Social Action, and Committed Pedagogy”—thanks to an invitation from my pal Phil Metres. [...] by

Domestic Workers United Writers’ Workshop April 10, 2012: This past Saturday was, for me, like most Saturdays this year. I slept in, had a mug of Irish Breakfast tea, took the L-train into Manhattan, and spent two glorious hours facilitating a creative [...] by

May Day May 1, 2011: I was going to write a post this month on Alfred Temba Qabula, the great South African worker-poet whose Collected Writings I’ve been trying to get published here in the States for several years; I [...] by

Workers Across the Americas April 27, 2011: Several times this month, fellow Harietteers have posted wonderful lists of books they’ve been reading, catalogs of their poetry bookshelves, overviews of new poetry volumes, histories of their [...] by

Poets’ Strike (version 2.0) April 24, 2011: A few days ago, Eileen Myles posted – first through Facebook and then here on Harriet – a general call for a poets’ strike on International Workers Day (May Day). I have to confess that, while [...] by

New Labor Journalism and the Poets April 15, 2011: Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in conversations with several prominent younger labor journalists at events at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor [...] by

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of…”: On Wisconsin, Michigan, and the most famous question in the USA April 3, 2011: About a decade ago when I was researching Ronald Reagan for my verse play about the 40th President of the United States firing striking PATCO workers (“Capitalization”), I discovered that the [...] by

Conceptual Writing [verb, repeat] and Silence April 29, 2010: I think I’m finally beginning to understand Conceptual Writing thanks to Kenneth Goldsmith, who, in his consecutive posts on 4.27 and 4.28, drives home his point by employing the sentence [...] by