Allyship Through Poetry

With current events reflecting those of history, many allies are diving in to learn more about racism, discrimination, and the change we can hope to create while at the same time highlighting #OwnVoices works by Black creators. We also recently celebrated Pride and the experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Until now, we were unable to explore these voices using the physical library collection, but as of today, everyone can resume placing holds on library materials. Many of the titles below are also available as ebooks if that is your preferred format.

Even though small victories have been made, we all must continue to learn-- both to better ourselves and the community of which we are a part. If, like me, you are looking for a break from nonfiction, and still want to continue the fight, you might try your hand at some of these titles from our American Poetry Core Collection. Poetry can be a language both intimately personal and emotionally universal.

By Black Authors:

By LGBTQIA+ Authors:

A guest blog by Monica, librarian and member of the American Poetry Core Collection Team

Written by Becker on July 15, 2020