AWP 2021


An Interactive Journal of our Pandemic Year

AWP and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University invite you to contribute poems and reflections on our pandemic year. Let’s talk about our losses as well as make a space to praise all that holds us together. Explore prompts based on US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s poem “Beyond. ” Use Emerge™ texts that speak to our landscape of grief and praise to craft erasure poems. Contribute to an interactive map where you can share your voice through text, images, or audio.


Traveling Stanzas community arts projects bring poetry to people’s everyday lives through innovative methods and digital platforms.

Thanks to the Edouard Foundation for providing funding for this project.

“Past Life with Wooly Mammoth” and “Petroglyph: The Drylands” from Pictograph by Melissa Kwasny. Copyright © 2015 by Melissa Kwasny. Used by permission of Milkweed Editions.

“Beyond”, from AN AMERICAN SUNRISE: POEMS by Joy Harjo. Copyright © 2019 by Joy Harjo.
Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Excerpt from The Lost Journals of Sacajewea by
Debra Magpie Earling; Copyright © 2010, illustrated by Peter Rutledge Koch
Berkeley, CA: Editions Koch, reprint forthcoming  from Milkweed Editions, 2022