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Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

When I first met Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (affectionately known as “Papo”) thirteen years ago, it didn’t take long for me to realize that Papo is an old soul who is a kid at heart. The same man who was inspired to write from Mickey Mouse is also the same guy who takes politics and social […]

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Ronny Someck

Ronny Someck

Ronny Someck’s poetry, which has both a local and a universal flavor, has the ability to affect readers from all over the world. Ronny was born in Baghdad in 1951 and immigrated to Israel with his family as a child. He has a BA in Hebrew Literature and Jewish Philosophy, has worked as a counselor […]

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Tara Betts

Tara Betts

Tara Betts is the author of the poetry collection Arc and Hue, released on Aquarius Press’ Willow Books imprint in September 2009. Tara’s work has appeared in Essence, the Steppenwolf Theater production “Words on Fire,” Obsidian III, Callaloo, Drum Voices Revue, WSQ and Columbia Poetry Review. Her work has been anthologized in Gathering Ground: A […]

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Tony Medina Publishes Latest Collection of Poetry: An Onion of Wars

Tony Medina Publishes Latest Collection of Poetry: An Onion of Wars

phati’tude contributor Tony Medina, a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for DeShawn Days (2001) and I and I, Bob Marley (2009), has published his seventh collection of poetry, Onions of War (Third World Press).

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5 Important Lessons You Need To Relearn

5 Important Lessons You Need To Relearn

Writer Olin Morales shares tips and pointers on how to become a better writer by becoming a better person first and foremost.

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Check out Photos from the African American Festival

Check out Photos from the African American Festival

Check out photos from the 1st Annual African American Literary Festival at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona, New York!

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‘Howl’ and James Franco: A brief review

‘Howl’ and James Franco: A brief review

James Franco captures the Allen Ginsberg we hear in our heads and know in our bones. The actor lowers or raises his diaphragm and pitch to achieve Ginsberg’s soul-vibrating chant-recitations of the movie’s title poem. This is a film worth checking out!

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phati’tude @ The Bowery, NYC

phati’tude @ The Bowery, NYC

Our Launch Party @ the Bowery Poetry Club on Friday was a great success! Everyone had a great time, it was fantastic to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Check out the photos to see more!

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Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Finding the Real Papo in Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

In this candid interview, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez (affectionately known as “Papo”) talks about his poetic form and expression, poetic identity, the politics of poetry, his playwriting, teaching, his relationship with Pedro Pietri and future plans for his writing.

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