The Power of Witness: Remembering Willie Louis

If there is a public aspect to the word “witness” then Willie Louis, once Willie Reed, beautifully embodies it. As an 18 year-old, sharecropper’s son, Willie Reed was walking to a store, in 1955, near Drew, Mississippi. A Chevy pick-up truck passed him with four white men in the front, a few black men inContinue reading “The Power of Witness: Remembering Willie Louis”

Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014: Poems of Provocation & Witness

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is one of the best things to happen in American Literature in the last ten years. This festival, began in 2008, and held every two years in Washington, D.C. has drawn some of the country’s best poets for readings, workshops, community-buildling, and even public protest. Split This Rock is dedicatedContinue reading “Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014: Poems of Provocation & Witness”

TURN ME LOOSE: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X. Walker

1963 was an ugly year in America. Medgar Evers was killed in Jackson, Mississippi. The 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls. President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas. In TURN ME LOOSE: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, Frank X. Walker’s poems redeem some of that ugliness.Continue reading “TURN ME LOOSE: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X. Walker”