Trailer- History, Impact & the Magical Heartbreak


I spoke with the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage about my fellowship experience and its impact on my poetic practice. Sometimes I sit. Sometimes I walk. 

#pewfellows25years #pewcenterforartsandheritage #writeyourblock #phillymurals #poetslaureateatwork #bensherman #askance #streetsofphiladelphia


Words on a Wing: Philly Loves Bowie

                                            (w/ Zoe Strauss & Lynn Bloom- photo by Jeffrey Sidelsky)

During a great night at the Free Library, I got the chance to talk Critchley, dividualism, Celan, utopian dystopias- and of course David Bowie. I also debuted a Scary Monsters-flavored poem composed for the event. It was a real pleasure to share the stage with DJ Robert Drake, Perry Genovesi, Toby Seayand Peter Humphreys. And, as always- a treat to run into these two. Thanks to Patti Brett for putting this whole festival together. 

#davidbowie #freelibraryofphiladelphia #scarymonsters #simoncritchley #zoestrauss


The Beat Poets in the 21st Century

I joined Michelle Taransky, Maria Raha, Thomas Devaney and Chris McCreary in a conversation about the cosmic anti-fascism of the Beat poets & their restless place in the academy. I also share a Diane DiPrima poem written days after the death of Amiri Baraka. Thanks for having us, Julia Bloch & Kelly Writers House!


Dreaming in the Immaterial Age

LigoranoReese (Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese) installed their ice sculpture on Independence Mall during the DNC Convention. On July 25, the 35 feet wide X 5feet tall ephemeral structure melted away in a matter of hours. The artists employed a writers' residence on-site to work through the experience as tourists and conventioneers looked on.

My late afternoon contribution is entitled THE AMERI___ D____ (5:35pm)


No Border No Cry en Español

My recent piece reclaiming radical Irish solidarity with people of color is now available in Spanish. Mexico's TRANSTIERROS is featuring No Border No Cry. Thanks so much to Carlos Soto-Román for the translation.

Both the Spanish and English versions can be found here.

What All the Dark Cannot Extinguish- Introducing Bernie Sanders

I was honored to introduce Senator Bernie Sanders with a poem at Drexel University on Monday. I took great inspiration from the thousands of Bernie supporters that attended. Also, I talked to Susan Sarandon for a good 20 minutes- about Latin American poetry & the sad state of U.S. support for its artists. So there was that. Feel. The. Bern.


Write Your Block 2016

Write Your Block 2016 has recently featured poems representing North Philly, the Gayborhood, Kensington, Kingsessing, UC, Pennsport, Whitman and East Passyunk. Watch these incredible kids from around the city share their blocks at a Spells Writing Lab workshop- courtesy of The Philadelphia Citizen.

I’m from green trees with leaves from The Philadelphia Citizen on Vimeo.