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Ben and Jerry and Kirin and Lena

"Five months after forming their slam poetry group, Muslim Girls Making Change is competing this week in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry slam competition in Washington, D.C. 'We write poems about things that we can't keep inside of ourselves anymore, things that we care about', said Kirin Waqar, 16, of South Burlington [VT], whose parents are from Pakistan. ... 'We will never be white only pretend to be. We hide behind big mirrors and lies unsure of who we really are. African American or the other way around? Pakistani first, American?', they say. 

P4 hires an Executive Director!

The P4 Board met to make a a crucial decision earlier this year...  Were we ready to hire an actual Executive Director? Founder and President Wess Mongo Jolley had volunteered to take on the role upon his retirement from two decades at Dartmouth College. The Board voted yes and so P4 has a brand-new Executive Director as of July 1st !
 

Poetry Spoken Here examines Juan Felipe Herrera through a Performance Poetry lens

Today we'd like to highlight the work of our friend Charlie Rossiter over at Poetry Spoken Here, a wonderful online resource for the finest poetry, read and performed.  And let's start with his most recent blog entry, where he explores the work of our current Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, through a performance poetry lens.  Charlie writes: 

Prose Poem

We (as least one of us) just returned from a performance of Nice Fish, a play by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins "drawn from the words of Louis Jenkins." The program contained a Jenkins poem titled "The Prose Poem":

The Joy of Donating this Holiday Season

Imagine making a huge donation, that won't cost you a dime!  

As I begin to close down the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, I am preparing to pass on my collection of about 200 spoken word CDs, DVDs, chapbooks, and other items to P4.  Pictured is the first set.

This will bring the P4 Collection to about 750 total media items (and many thousand individual performances).

Time to get the word out!!!

It's time to activate the Poet Army!

We posted the link to the new Performance Poetry Preservation Project website earlier this week.  We've been gratified to see how many people have responded and sent positive comments about the site.  But now that we've finished major debugging we need to REALLY start getting the word out!

Would you be willing to help?

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