Poetry, Democracy & the Hope of Sounds | Diane Raptosh | TEDxBoise





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Published on Feb 9, 2015

What do poetry and democracy have in common? Freedom- and sometimes the lack thereof. Diane Raptosh tackles this complicated topic and more in her TEDx talk that uses poetry to illustrate the state of America. www.tedxboise.org

Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press) was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the first-ever Boise Poet Laureate (2013) and serves currently as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016). She holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has given poetry writing workshops in locations ranging from school buses and riverbanks to maximum security prisons. She lives with her family in Boise. www.dianeraptosh.com

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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