In anticipation of Thanksgiving feast, fifteen poets joined forces on November 23, 2019 to powerfully present a Poetry X Hunger reading at a new arts hub called Creative Suitland in Suitland, MD. The many who attended heard a wonderful variety of amazing, heartfelt poems in all styles, voices and passions.
Presenters were Henry Crawford, Sharon Ingram, Anne Harding Woodworth, Sylvia Dianne "Ladi Di" Beverly, J. Joy "Sistah Joy" Matthews Alford, Jesse Alexander, Aressa Williams, Brenda Bunting, Mike Ratcliffe, Jeffrey "BigHomey" Banks, Emille Bryant, Diane Wilbon Parks, Nala Washington and other Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate Ambassadors, and Hiram Larew. We also presented a poem by Forestine Bynum.
Thanks to the Creative Suitland team of Brooke Kidd, Brittany Barbour and Indigo Wakatama for hosting!
Pictured are Brenda and Nala.
Hope that many, many folks can join us for this pre-Thanksgiving presentation of poetry about hunger by several poets from the DMV area.
Thanks to Henry Crawford for developing the attached flyer! And thanks also to the Creative Suitland team for making the great venue available!
To close out 2019 Hunger Free Communities Summit held at the University of the District of Columbia, Aaron R., winner of the 2018 World Food Day Poetry Competition, presented his poem, "Hunger Pains," to about 100 hunger-prevention practitioners from around the country.
Thanks to Minerva Delgado and her colleagues at the Alliance to End Hunger for hosting the meeting and for making this opportunity possible.
A mighty big thanks to poet, Heather Davis JSI (John Snow Inc.) for inviting the 2018 and 2019 World Food Day Poetry Competition winners, Aaron R. and Henry Crawford, respectively, to present their prized poems at JSI's World Food Day Gathering on Oct 18, 2019. JSI staff members also presented some hunger-focused poems!
In the photo below from left to right: Heather Davis, Hiram Larew, Aaron R. and Henry Crawford.
Dr. Hiram Larew offered the "One Smalle Ladleful: Poetry of Hunger" Honors colloquium at Oregon State University. Below his reflections on it:
"Thanks to Erin, Hanna, Isaac, Jacob, Maddy, Shrida and Steven! They all just completed the "One Smale Ladleful: Poetry of Hunger" Honors colloquium that Dr. Hiram Larew offered at Oregon State University this term. Over five weeks, we discussed local and global hunger issues and the ways that poetry can help in the anti-hunger cause. They visited the OSU Food Pantry. And, each student planned hunger-poetry activities on campus and around town. Yes!
Thanks also to Dr. Stella Coakley who helped facilitate the sessions, to Dean Toni Doolen, Drs, Tara Williams and Kevin Stoller, and Judy David all in the Honors College for enabling the Colloquium, and to Nicole Hindes and Dan Larson for hosting the visit to the Pantry.
Keep an eye on the Poetry X Hunger website (PoetryXHunger.com) for postings of some of the students' poems. "
Thanks to Liz Reitzig of Nourishing Liberty for posting the following note in the most recent issue of the Real Food Consumer Coalition's newsletter.
This corner of the newsletter is about our small-town heroes in the local food movement. Do you have someone you’d like to highlight? Drop us a note and let us know.
Today, we highlight Hiram Larew who founded Poetry X Hunger. Hunger in the U.S. and around the world is on the rise even as advocacy groups indicate that hunger is entirely preventable.
“While all kinds of traditional tools – science-centered, environmentally-attuned, economically-savvy, and/or culturally appropriate – are being used to try to reduce hunger, headway in the struggle is going to require help from all quarters, including the arts,” states Larew. “That’s why I started an informal initiative called Poetry X Hunger – to enlist the help of poets in the fight against hunger.”
Over the years, poetry has been used very effectively to raise awareness and concern over many social issues like homelessness, social inequity, and racial bias. But, it hasn’t been as intently brought to bear in the fight against hunger. Poetry X Hunger is intended to change that. By rousing powerful poetic voices to the cause, the initiative will hopefully reach, and even change, hearts and minds.
To find out more, take a minute to visit Poetry X Hunger where you can learn more and read poems by several poets in the U.S. and Africa along with hunger facts, historical accounts of hunger, and other prompts for poets.
Or, check out Facebook at Poetry X Hunger where poems by several poets are showcased.
And hey, feel free to send in a poem for possible posting!!
Larew notes that Maryland State Arts Council and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization support the 2018 and 2019 World Food Day Poetry Competitions as implemented by Poetry X Hunger.
Here is a photo of Hiram Larew at Woodlawn Estate in Fairfax, Virginia.
Deep, Deep Gratitudes to the Maryland State Arts Council for awarding a Creativity Grant today to the Poetry X Hunger effort!
MSAC's support will be used to, among other things, build out Poetry X Hunger's social media platform and presence. While hunger-focused poetry from near and far will be presented, poems by Maryland poets will be prominently showcased. Young poets will also be engaged to help strengthen Poetry X Hunger's social media presence.
More details will follow, but for now, this is just to say Thanks and YES! to the good folks at the MSAC.
This is our very first digital post in the new digital space dedicated to Poetry against Hunger.
We are proud to have received the support of the Maryland State Arts Council to develop this idea. We hope this creative outlet will inspire you and help you learn about the historic accounts of hunger!
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