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Poetry & the Body: Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live

In March 2018, the Poetry Coalition launched Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, its second annual programming initiative. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition brought its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of the body. 

We dedicated a week of our Poem-a-Day series to poems by contemporary poets Reginald Dwayne Betts, Meg Day, Amanda Johnston, Lynn Melnick, TC Tolbert, and Javier Zamora that explore the theme of Poetry & the Body through several different lenses. The featured poets also curated collections of poems by other poets that speak to the theme. In addition, we enlisted the support of organizations outside of literature to help share the poems and educational resources. 

An Anthology of Poems about Disability Rights, Curated by Meg Day

More About Disability Rights 

Visit the website of ADAPT a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom


An Anthology of Poems about Black Lives Matter, Curated by Amanda Johnston



More About Black Lives Matter

Visit the website of Black Lives Matter, a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.


An Anthology of Poems about Dreamers and DACA, Curated by Javier Zamora



More About Dreamers & DACA

Read this fact sheet about immigration and DACA from Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

For information about Temporary Protected Status, visit the website of the National TPS Alliance, a group that advocates on the national level to save Temporary Protected Status for all beneficiaries in the short term and to devise legislation that creates a path to permanent residency in the long term.


An Anthology of Poems about Transgender Rights, Curated by TC Tolbert



More about Transgender Rights

Read 5 Things You Should Know about Trans People, a resource developed by Trans Student Educational Resources, a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

Also, visit Trans Women of Color Collective, a national organizing collective led by trans women of color created to uplift the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people of color.  


An Anthology of Poems About Mass Incarceration, Curated by Reginald Dwayne Betts



More about Mass Incarceration

For more information about issues related to mass incarceration, read this fact sheet and visit the website of the Civil Rights Corps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system.


An Anthology of Poems About Violence Against Women, Curated by Lynn Melnick


More about Domestic Violence

For more information about domestic violence, visit the website of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), an organization dedicated to creating a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated, and where society empowers victims and survivors and holds abusers accountable.