A 4 post collection

Check out Whitman, Alabama

 •  Filed under Poetry, Web, Video, Storytelling, Story

If you love Walt Whitman, Alabama, poetry, filmmaking, or the American South, you have to check out Jennifer Chang Crandall's awesome new work Whitman, Alabama.

I worked with Jenn on a project when we were at the Washington Post together, and we've been good friends ever since. I had a very tiny part in helping her cross the finish line on this Whitman project, and I'm grateful for the experience of working with her again, even if it was only as a sounding board or in a phone-a-technical-friend capacity.

There is tremendous story telling and video work on this site. Just take 3 minutes and read and watch some of the work on the site, and I bet you'll look up 30 minutes or an hour later and be longing for more. It's that good!

Check out the latest featured video below:

Just Asking: Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey - The Washington Post

 •  Filed under Writing, Education, Writers, Poems, Poetry

Just Asking: Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey - The Washington Post

Natasha Trethewey was once a creative writing teacher at Auburn University. I took a class from her, my only undergrad poetry writing class. I'm not a terrible fiction writer, but I am likely one of the worst poets. She was a patient teacher and very much lived out this quote in our class:

Well, I've written bad poems myself, so I'm sympathetic. There are those of us for whom it is necessary to write poetry. And if you are dedicated to that and willing to work very hard, your poems will get better. I have to believe that.