Several Poetry X Hunger poets shared their hunger-focused poetry at the recent online Authors & Artists Festival sponsored by NatureCulture. The featured poets also discussed the role that poetry is playing in fighting hunger.
In the line-up -- Christina Daub, Marianne Tefft, T. A. Niles, Emily Vargas-Baron, Kim B. Miller, Faith Nelson and Sistah Joy Alford.
Thanks to Drs. Lis McLoughlin of NatureCulture and Dr. Liz Burton-Crow of Nature Imaginarium for making this event possible.
Here's the recording of the 90-minute gathering and discussion -- https://youtu.be/kdotmEp8Fqw?feature=shared
Poetry X Hunger follower, Ted Barnes writes that he has just released a Video Song Book called Song Sprite. And he's selling the book to support No Kid Hungry
Here's what he says about his important project --
Song Sprite (No Kid Hungry Indiegogo Campaign):
Sing yourself the song you began as a child
Live your song the one from the magical wild
Know that you'll be held close as you close your eyes
Know what we hear your heartbeat in your lullabies
I am using an original song/video/book in an Indiegogo campaign that lasts until Jan 7 24 to try to raise money for No Kid Hungry (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/song-sprite#/), a not for profit aimed at food insecurity in the US. The song messages what I imagine to be any parents' love for their child, that is hard not to juxtapose against so many families in our country being unable to feed their children who live with constant food insecurity, a problem we could solve if we chose to do so. The campaign also messages if caregivers so choose, that by helping in the campaign (e.g., donating $50 or more to get the book) or watching the video, children are in effect helping other children get enough to eat. All money raised from the campaign after Indiegogo platform costs and book publishing/shipping costs goes to No Kid Hungry.
Poetry X Hunger Poet Wins a National Poetry Competition -- Yes!
Lori Heninger, Executive Director of The Montclair Fund for Women, has
won Quillkeepers Press 2023 Fall Chapbook Competition for her collection
“Words for Women”. Stephanie Lamb, CEO of Quillkeepers Press said, “It is a
tough world out there, and we need more strong, bold, and caring women to
shine a light on and for others. Thank you for being that conduit!”
Heninger wrote “Words for Women” as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v
Wade in June of 2022. She explained, “It was a response to the increasing limits
on women’s bodily autonomy. The book is about reclaiming language that
has traditionally been used to demean and diminish women. Each poem’s title,
such as “Battle-axe”, “Harpy”, “Housewife”, demonstrates how words were
used pejoratively and how we can reclaim those words.”
For more information about Lori, you can visit her website at www.LoriHeninger.com.
Here's a link to her poem and video on Poetry X Hunger's website -- Poem by Lori Heninger - Poetry X Hunger
Several Poetry X Hunger poets lent their talents to an important cause -- raising support for school gardens in Uganda.
The results are now in. We raised more than $2,500. Wow!! With that level of support, Seed Programs International (SPI) will be able to help three school gardens.
So, a big thanks to all who donated. And to the poets -- Willeena Booker, Diane Wilbon Parks, Takudzwa Chikepe, Katiba Muhammed, Christopher George, Laura McGinnis and Patsy Asuncion. And thanks to Robyn Love of SPI who was such a fine partner. T. A. Niles also provided important help.
Interested in seeing the recorded reading? Check out this link -- Poetry for School Gardens Event for Hunger Action Day 2023 - YouTube
Interested in donating to Seed Programs International? Check out this link -- Seed Programs - Donate Now
Poetry X Hunger Participates in Today's Hunger Free Communities Summit
Poetry X Hunger poet Willeena Booker visits with Hiram Larew in this 10-minute recording about the power of poetry to fight hunger. The clip is airing at today's Hunger Free Communities Summit sponsored by the Alliance to End Hunger. Thanks to Minerva Delgado of the Alliance for the outreach.
Here's the link -- https://lnkd.in/etD2q5w9
Watch "Abundance," an award-winning documentary about how some amazing young people are helping to address hunger. Thanks to Anne Harding Woodworth for sharing the film.
Here's the link --
ABUNDANCE (Award-Winning Documentary) - The Farmlink Story - YouTube
Here's a message from the Summit's organizers --
Join Us for the 2023 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit
REGISTER NOW. Poetry X Hunger with Poet Willeena Booker will be featured in a pre-recorded playback video at noon. Yes!
Featuring Congressman Jonathan Jackson (IL-01) and Alliance to End Hunger Executive Director Eric Mitchell.
This annual summit brings together the Alliance to End Hunger’s extensive national and community network, the Hunger Free Communities Network, and attracts hundreds of hunger fighters from across the country.
We explore solutions and best practices for ending hunger at the community level and the policies that underpin this work at the federal level. The HFC Summit brings together people representing multiple sectors including government, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, corporations, foundations, students and community residents.
The goal of the Summit is to highlight and promote best practices for ending hunger at the community level by highlighting effective policies, programs and methods for reducing community food insecurity and impacting root causes of hunger; sharing best practices and resources; demonstrating effective multi-sector collaborations; and building skills among participants.
Register Today! https://www.accelevents.com/e/2023hfcsummit
Several Poetry X Hunger poets will be featured on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 1:30 pm Eastern US Time during NatureCulture's Online Authors & Artists Festival. The two-day Festival will showcase a variety of creative work themed on the climate crisis and related concerns such as hunger.
The Poetry X Hunger reading and discussion will showcase work by Faith Nelson, Christina Daub, Marianne Tefft, T. A. Niles, Emily Vargas-Barón, Kim B. Miller, and Sistah Joy Alford.
To learn more and to register for this free event, visit -- Authors & Artists Festival — NatureCulture (nature-culture.net)
Poetry X Hunger Artwork Logo by Diane Wilbon Parks
Thanks to the Editors of the Pathways, a news magazine that is widely distributed throughout the Washington, DC, USA metro region, for publishing an article (link below) about World Food Day and Poetry X Hunger in the Fall 2023 issue. With a focus on Mind, Body, Spirit and Environmental Resources, Pathways is widely enjoyed across the Capital Region.
The article on pages 64-66 showcases a fine poem by Christina Daub that was first published on Poetry X Hunger's website.
Here's the link -- Pathways_FA23_DigitalMagazine (flippingbook.com)
A powerful hunger-focused poem in Split This Rock's The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database was recently showcased as the Split This Rock Poem of the Week.
Titled, meat market, the poem is by Lara Atallah. It powerfully describes the food-dire situation in Lebanon.
Here's the link to the poem meat market | Poetry Database | Split This Rock
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