Political Writing & Why I Write: Conversation From Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Split This Rock - Politics of WritingApril 1, 2014 – Hour 1

We bring you a conversation about the Politics of Writing. Last Friday I participated in the Split This Rock poetry festival in Washington, DC, where educators, students and writers from across the country wrestled with the political objectives of writing in a contemporary world.

I was honored to serve on a panel with award-winning American poet Mark Nowak and Bill Ayers, retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident. We shared our ideas on the politics of writing, and reflected on George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write.”


Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Great program- a political poet myself- I recommend the following as basic texts: Poems of Nazim Hikmet, Poems of Wilfred Owen
    Carolyn Forche’s anthology Against Forgetting
    2 favorite political poems:
    The Rose of Flour Leon Philippe
    Todesfuge- Paul Celan

    dave eberhardt- baltoimore poet activist

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