Verse Journalism

A form of poetry inspired by the news was born here in Chicago when Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term “verse journalism.” Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, taught the form to adult participants in a Neighborhood Writing Alliance special workshop series. Lansana had NWA writers turn their opinions and reactions to news events into poems, which WBEZ will present throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. This series was recorded in collaboration with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a station partner.