To celebrate National Poetry Month, I’ve compiled a list of six great contemporary poets whose writing you should savor this month and every month hereafter, all of whom write beautifully and powerfully about issues like race, gender, and sexuality.
Sherman Alexie has the distinct honor of topping the list of most-banned books. Photo by Chase Jarvis.
What do a picture book about gay penguins, a graphic memoir centered on Iran, and a comic about cosmic war have in common? They’re all among the books that were most likely to be challenged at schools and libraries across the country this past year.
My time is up. Throughout my twenties and thirties when people asked me if I wanted to have children, I would say “no,” firmly. But I knew I had a “maybe someday” tucked in my back pocket since I still had time to change my mind.