Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG). Today we speak with 2015 ARDG recipient Wendy Burk of Tucson.
Posts Tagged: poetry month
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this annual celebration of the poets and their work, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is throwing a spotlight on recent recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant.
The collective known as BlackPoet Ventures formed in 2005 in an effort, they have said, “to make performance poetry more interesting.” Since its founding, the collective has endeavored to promote, support and enhance the oral tradition artistry of poetry and spoken word movements of the African Diaspora.
“I’m fascinated by the process of mixing external ideas and internal experiences to create poetry that is both intellectually and emotionally satisfying to readers. The themes I find myself continually returning to are family history, place, death, secrets and things unsaid.”