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Join CALYX Poets on 4/23, 7 p.m. @ Imagine Coffee in Corvallis, OR!

hannah baggott

CALYX, Inc. is hosting The Poetry is Political (TPIP), a poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month. The event will explore identity and politics and how they are expressed through poetry. Each day until the reading we will feature one of the poets who is reading with a blog post.

Meet our first of the featured readers, Hannah Baggott, and look for more poet bios in the coming week!

Hannah Baggott is a Nashville, TN native currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Oregon State University while teaching writing courses with a rhetorical focus on gender and media; she has also recently become a regular contributor with PDXX Collective. Her work can be found or forthcoming in Calyx Journal, Bellevue Literary Review (2015 Marcia and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry), Tupelo Quarterly, The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Stockholm Review, Contrary Magazine, and other journals. Connect with her at hannahbaggott.com.


Why is poetry political to you?

I see poetry as political in terms of its relationship with power, whether we write from a private, lyrical place or with a particularly public voice. As poets, we are exercising or seeking power over language and through language. When we are heard, we become momentary vessels of pathos; our audiences can experience being swept up in empathy, belief, and support of the poet’s voice.

-Hannah Baggott