Published September 16, 2021

As a part of our annual Route 1 Reads recommended reading initiative, this free, virtual poetry reading featured poets selected by each East Coast Center for the Book and was hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book.

Watch the video from this event:

These poets and poetry collections were presented through a combination of live and recorded readings:

  • MaineA New Land: 30 Groundbreaking Poems by Youth Poets, introduction by Amanda Gorman
  • New HampshireCovid Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems, editor, Alexandria Peary
  • MassachusettsWomen in the Waiting Room, by Kirun Kapur
  • Rhode Islandthen, we were still living, by Michael Klein
  • ConnecticutAfterswarm, by Margot Schlipp
  • New YorkThe Best of Archy and Mehitabel, by Don Marquis
  • PennsylvaniaShale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields, by Julia Spicher Kasdorf, poet, and Steven Rubin, photographer
  • New JerseyLife on Mars, by Tracy K. Smith
  • DelawareOur Work, Our Words, by Twin Poets, Representative Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha and Albert Mills
  • MarylandHow to Carry Water: Selected Poems, by Lucille Clifton
  • District of ColumbiaBy Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capitol, edited by Kim Roberts
  • VirginiaWhite Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, by Kiki Petrosino
  • North CarolinaCardinal, by Tyree Daye
  • South CarolinaThe Birth of All Things, by Marcus Amaker
  • GeorgiaPeach State, by Adrienne Su
  • FloridaLucky Bones, by Peter Meinke

Read more about Kiki Petrosino and White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia here. Further details about each selected book and the state Centers can be found at

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