Why Poets Write | by Melinda Rizzo

Why Poets Write | by Melinda Rizzo

Why Poets Write: An interview with Ona Gritz and Dan Simpson It’s tempting to write about the big things. Throughout time poets have been reliable historians – think The Epic of Gilgamesh from about 2100 BCE – it’s among the oldest surviving great literary...
Writing Poetry During the Pandemic | by Melinda Rizzo

Writing Poetry During the Pandemic | by Melinda Rizzo

MCPLs Autumn Konopka and Liz Chang on writing poetry during the pandemic As poets continue to wrestle with, sift through, and struggle against a global pandemic that has upended ordinary life, the ability to make sense of it all may prove elusive. Deadlocked or stuck....
Full Circle Microgrants | by Melinda Rizzo

Full Circle Microgrants | by Melinda Rizzo

  David Gaines knows it’s hard to explore your creative voice when you’re worried about paying the bills. That’s why the Montgomery County Poet Laureate supports his community outreach project to help other poets and writers pay their bills. “This idea came about...
An interview with David Gaines | by Melinda Rizzo

An interview with David Gaines | by Melinda Rizzo

  Home is more than four walls and a roof for David Gaines. When Gaines won this year’s 21st annual Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition he knew it was something big – a validation of his voice, his work and his aspiration to serve others. The 24-year-old...
2020 Poet Laureate – David Gaines

2020 Poet Laureate – David Gaines

Poet Laureate 2020 David Gaines David Gaines is a writer, actor and educator born and raised in uptown Philadelphia. As a product of a traditional baptist household and a child of hip-hop culture, Dave uses his poetry to analyze and unpack how the performance of...