National Poetry Month is almost here and to help celebrate the significant contribution poetry makes in people’s lives, the Poetry Coalition, a national alliance of organizations, kicked off its programming initiative “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body,” inspired by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s poem “Flores Woman.”
To help celebrate the value of poetry, the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers hosted a Facebook Live featuring “Flores Woman.”
Karina Puente, a Philadelphia-based artist and alum of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12—created intricate papel picado paper designs using text from the poem. During the Facebook Live, Madeleine LeCesne, a 2014 National Student Poet, read the poem aloud and discussed the power of words with Karina.
In case you missed it, during the month of March the current class of National Student Poets also took over the @artandwriting Instagram page! Check out more of their poetry themed posts here.
Watch below for last night’s Facebook Live with Karina Puente and Madeleine LeCesne.