An MTSU professor who will use her national fellowship money to bring poetry to the masses was the guest on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Whittemore is one of 23 poets nationwide to win a $50,000 fellowship from the Academy of American Poets and the only one in Tennessee to be so honored.
She will put the money to use by conducting a series of writing workshops, open mics and school visits with two nonprofit organizations, The Porch and Southern Word, for LGBTQ+ youth in Murfreesboro.
Whittemore also will support Poetry in the ’Boro, a series of readings and open mics featuring local and regional authors.
“I think poetry is really accessible, and I think it is also musical,” Whittemore said.
“It uses language very specifically, concretely, to convey matters of the heart and soul and mind. I think that’s why we turn to it in these difficult times.”
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