National Poetry Month 2022
As the pandemic has continued into its second year, we at Brain Mill are thinking about spaces & places: how we exist in space, the importance of access, and the particulars of navigating places. We have gathered together in ways that may have been new to us over the last few years, greeting each other in small squares of connectivity, developing relationship and care with virtual check-ins, follows, and voices translated via technology. In our best moments we have learned to listen; in our worst, we have been caught up by all the ways we need to do better and think more deeply about community systems and for whom entry is barred.
In terms of poetry and creativity, we are interested in reading poems that speak to engagement with space/place, the architecture of the page, voices both on the page and off.
At Brain Mill Press’s pop-up magazine for National Poetry Month, we’ll be sharing posts from poets & creatives that speak to the above theme, as well as inviting entries for our fee-free contest organized around it.
Brain Mill Press seeks to highlight and platform the voices of underrepresented writers. We are inclusive and progressive, with a desire to read a variety of forms, aesthetics, and styles. Through curated featured poets posts, and our fee-free contest, we seek work that speaks to space/place.
Latonya Pennington recommends five YA comfort reads featuring Black protagonists
We announce our National Poetry Month contest winner & short list
Editors’ Picks Week 4: Poetry by Katie Chicquette, Karen Mandell, Annie Diamond, & C. Prudence Arceneaux
Our editors’ space/place selections, week 4, include poetry by Katie Chicquette, Karen Mandell, Annie Diamond, and C. Prudence Arceneaux.
National Poetry Month spotlight on poet Jessica Jacobs
National Poetry Month spotlight on poet Stephen Roger Powers
Our editors’ space/place selections, week 3, include poetry by Skylar Brown and Kathleen Hellen.
National Poetry Month spotlight on poet Ae Hee Lee
Our editors’ space/place selections, week 2, include a poem by Anise Black.
For National Poetry Month, Latonya Pennington recommends five poetic YA novels featuring Black protagonists.
National Poetry Month spotlight on poet Angela Trudell Vasquez