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Thea Voutiritsas is a Kansas City-based creative writer. In addition to her own blog, she is also a co-creator on The Semi-prose project, a collection of co-authored creative writing. On the side, she reviews manuscripts for poets and screenwriters.

Earth Day is April 22, which is the perfect day to pick up some inspiring poems for Earth Day, or even an entire collection. There are many environmentalist poets to choose from. To help you find your favorite, we’ve selected

April 17 was International Haiku Poetry Day, giving poets the perfect opportunity to celebrate this age-old form. Traditional, structured, and usually unrhyming, this short form of Japanese poetry is well known for its rule of 5/7/5: five syllables in the

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living,” said Viktor Frankl. While poetry is often taken as a serious

Chloë Frayne, an LGBTQI poet from South Australia, writes from her experiences with love, long-distance relationships, traveling, healing, hope, and adventure. Frayne is the author of two self-published poetry books, and this year she is releasing her first traditionally-published collection,

April 10 is National Siblings Day, a day to cherish the unique bonds we have with these special family members. Sometimes our siblings are our best friends. Other times, they’re our worst enemies. Whether you and your siblings tackled awkward

Poet and new media artist Iain Thomas became a worldwide phenomenon with his 2011 collection I Wrote This For You. We sat down with the bestselling author to talk about the purpose behind his work, his process, and the meaning

Like any art form, poetry serves a number of functions in society. What makes it unique, though, is how it uses words and rhythm to convey a meaning that is beyond the literal. Among its many benefits, poetry can increase

The term “family” has many different definitions. In fact, familial relationships are as varied and complex as the individuals who make them up. Poetry can be a great means for expressing the warmth, love, happiness, and safety that many feel

Poetry is an age-old art, but that doesn’t mean its topics have to be. Poetry can be used as a tool to analyze, understand, and express the complications of the present age and ideas about the future. If you’re interested

A cross between art, education, and experimentation, The Black Mountain College in North Carolina helped foster a mid-20th-century American avant-garde movement. The poets who came up through this brief but impactful program are known today as the Black Mountain Poets.     Sometimes

Despite certain historically conventional narratives, it’s important to remember that womanhood encompasses a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Poetry gives us an opportunity to elevate the voices of all women. To celebrate the varied voices and points of view

From the 20th-century work of W.B. Yeats to emerging voices like Alice Kinsella, there are a number of Irish poets who bring a rich history of contributions to verse in the English language. If you’re looking to learn more about