• Showcasing Diversity — The Poetry Poster Project

    • With support from the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council (Maryland, USA), he organized and implemented this project which proudly showcased the talent of five African American and one Native American poets living in the county.  Framed as artwork, the poets’ work was displayed in office buildings, cafes, museums, galleries, wineries, libraries, and ultimately, The Maryland House of Delegates—all in celebration of the potent poetic talent in Prince George's County.

 

  • Speaking Back to Hunger — Poetry X Hunger

    • Larew undertook this initiative to draw attention to the role that poetry can, should, and must play in the anti-hunger cause. Drawing on his food security work and his poetry, he continues to rally poets from around the world to speak up about hunger. Supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), the Maryland State Arts Council (USA), the Capital Area Food Bank (Washington, DC, USA), Split This Rock (Washington, DC, USA), and many others, Poetry X Hunger offers many powerful poems by adults and young poets, recordings of them, classroom prompts, announcements, historical accounts of hunger, and a host of other resources. Winning work from UNFAO’s World Food Day Poetry Poetry Competitions are showcased on the site as is the poem, My Name is Hunger, which was written by AaronR of Arlington, Virginia (USA) while he served as the Poet-in-Residence at the Capital Area Food Bank. This poem along with others that appear on the website has been featured widely on blogs, in meetings, and in classrooms.

 

  • Confronting America’s History of Slavery — Voices of Woodlawn

    • While serving as Poet-in-Residence at Historic Woodlawn Plantation Estate in Fairfax, Virginia (USA) and as supported by The Inner Loop, Larew invited three African Americans to visit Woodlawn to imagine the lives of those who were enslaved at the Plantation. The resulting program of poetry, music and art titled, Voices of Woodlawn, is a moving, painfully expressive attempt to reconcile America’s slave holding past. The program and discussion is being presented widely.

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