Poets are the curators of history and the medium of their expression is boundless. Let’s play a game. Pick your favorite literary journal. Look at their masthead. Count how many people of color there are, how many women, how many queer people, how many people with disabilities.
Janice A. Lowe, author of Leaving CLE: Poems of Nomadic Dispersal, grew up reading album liner notes and appreciating the songwriting of Bootsy Collins, Duke Ellington, Junie Morrison, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone, Billy Strayhorn, Allen Toussaint Maurice White, and Stevie Wonder.