Poetry News

Don't forget! Tonight is the White House Poetry showdown!

By Harriet Staff

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Live streaming TONIGHT: poetry at the White House! Kenny Goldsmith, Elizabeth Alexander, Common, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, singers Aimee Mann and Jill Scott, and artist Alison Knowles will be holding court in the Michelle Obama-sponsored Evening of Poetry. And yes, controversy has abounded since the announcement of this year's team, from experimental poetics circles to conservative newstrotters (it seems Common has rapped about, gasp, violence). What antics! Tune in (can we say "tune in" in reference to the internet?) at 7:00PM to Whitehouse.gov.

Originally Published: May 11th, 2011