OccuPoetry collects and publishes poetry about economic justice/injustice, greed, protest, activism, and opportunity. OccuPoetry is an independent project inspired by the Occupy Movement. It is not a project of any one city’s Occupy encampment. This is the space we choose to occupy. This is what we can give.
Phillip Barron is a poet, writer, and award winning digital media artist. He has taught philosophy at the University of North Carolina and now teaches poetry and digital humanities at the University of California, Davis. His first book, The Outspokin’ Cyclist, is a collection of newspaper columns written over a four-year period and was published in August 2011.
Katy Ryan is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University. In 2004, she founded the Appalachian Prison Book Project, a community and student organization that sends free books to prisoners. Her edited collection, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States, is available from University of Iowa Press.
Poets are social critics by default. That is, since not very many of us take the same care to craft our daily language that poets do, poets often are (or see themselves as) outsiders. And as outsiders, many poets are well-positioned to see things that not everyone is able to see. OccuPoetry seeks to collect many viewpoints.
None of the beliefs or political messages expressed by poets published in OccuPoetry represent the editors’ beliefs, nor does this site represent the views of the editors’ employers.
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