April 2018 is the 22nd annual National Poetry Month. To celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture, we are proud to highlight a collection of our award-winning poetry and spoken word speakers.
Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, a stunning poetry debut that was awarded the 2015 National Book Award. She is a personable and brilliant speaker with a fascinating background and broad appeal to various audiences.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for Brown Girl Dreaming and the Poetry Foundation’s current Young People’s Poet Laureate. She gives stirring lectures that delve into the inspiration behind her books and explore important issues of race, gender, and bullying.
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts is the award-winning poet of two critically-acclaimed collections: Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era. His deeply personal and passionate lectures reflect on the inspiration behind his works and examine the intersection of art and social justice.
Carlos Andrés Gómez
Carlos Andrés Gómez is an iconic performer and author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood. Captivating, mesmerizing, and candid, Gomez draws audiences across all ages into his dynamic performances.
Donovan Livingston is a spoken-word poet whose viral convocation speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education influenced his book Lift Off, a powerful examination of the American public school system and a passionate call for reform that has inspired communities around the country.
Erika L. Sánchez
Erika L. Sánchez, author of the National Book Award-winning young adult novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is also an acclaimed poet. Her debut collection, Lessons on Expulsion, has been praised by The Washington Post and The New York Times for its reflections on the lives of immigrant women and issues of belonging in America.