We feel that to “better” American poetry is to jam dominant systems of taste to the best of our abilities, and to resignify the very phrase “American poetry” with the languages that it so desperately lacks. We intend to center voices of resistance, subjectivities that emerge from the radical margins, artists whose Americanness transcends nationalism and other borders, perspectives historically denied institutional backing--in short, poets and poetries that are urgent and necessary but do not get along nicely with Power.

 


BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY IS AN ONGOING ACT OF RESISTANCE AND CELEBRATION. BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY 2015 IS THE FIRST PROJECT IN THIS SERIES, AND INCLUDES WORK FROM:

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib / Aleph Altman-Mills / Manuel Arturo Abreu / Fatimah Asghar / Amber Atiya / Malaka Badr / Aziza Barnes / Samiya Bashir / Jenny Boully / Marcelo Hernandez Castillo / Wo Chan / Hayan Charara / Jos Charles / Don Mee Choi / Franny Choi / Aaron Coleman / Eduardo C. Corral / Rio Cortez / Cynthia Cruz / Kyle Dargan / Natalie Diaz / Tafisha A. Edwards / Natalie Eilbert / Joshua Jennifer Espinoza / t’ai freedom ford / Sarah Gambito / Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia / Ross Gay / Rachel Eliza Griffiths / Sarah Jean Grimm / B.B.P. Hosmillo / Brenda Iijima / Bhanu Kapil / Douglas Kearney / Jee Leong Koh / Rickey Laurentiis / Layli Long Soldier / Nate Marshall / Eduardo Martinez-Leyva / Sade Murphy / Lynn Melnick / Hieu Minh Nguyen / Urayoán Noel / Morgan Parker / Shelagh Patterson / Trace Peterson / Tommy Pico / Khadijah Queen / Arthur Russell / Lauren Russell / sam sax / Brittney Scott / Solmaz Sharif / Safiya Sinclair / Chris Slaughter / Christopher Soto / Carmen Giménez Smith / Melissa Studdard / Jennifer Tamayo / Terrell Jamal Terry / TC Tolbert / Joanna C. Valente / Grey Vild / Ocean Vuong / Sydnee Wagner / Michael Wasson / Phillip B. Williams / Tanaya Winder / Moss Angel Witchmonstr / Jamila Woods / Wendy Xu / Lauren Yates

READ MORE ABOUT THE POETS HERE.