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Robert Pinsky and the Favorite Poem Project

By Vanessa Nesvig
Coordinator of Special Projects

In a week Robert Pinsky, the three-term U.S. Poet Laureate, will speak at the Holiday Inn By the Bay. I always look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the great speakers we have come to Portland, and for this event I had to get going! Poetry is something I don’t know much about but realize that I would love it if I just allowed myself the time to read more. But what, and which poets? Combing poetry sections of book stores with my poet friend Emily Koehn, I thought I knew where to start, but time went by quickly and I was overwhelmed again.

Then I looked into Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project…something he started as Poet Laureate, where he recorded Americans, from all walks of life reading their favorite poems and explaining why they mean so much to them. Kids, teenagers, men, women, all reading something that spoke to their heart. Listen to some of these videos and you will get inspired again to find what speaks to your heart as poetry has for so many thousands of years. Pinsky shows us through others, that poetry can be a part of everyone’s life, their everyday life. I learned the place to start is here.

For more information about the Favorite Poem Project, visit

2011 Bernard A. Osher Lecture: An Evening with Robert Pinsky: Is Vision The Twin of Speech?
Monday, March 7, 2011, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets: $15/$10 members. Holiday Inn By the Bay. Purchase tickets here.

Photo by Emma Dodge Hanson.