The Poet Laureate Project: Truth of War
In this project students are commissioned to be poet laureates of different--often overlooked--countries that were involved in World War 1.
These poet laureates are responsible for choosing an event that is somehow relevant to their country from the general WW1 timeline, choosing a specific poetic form, and choosing a perspective (including but not limited to the diverse perspectives of women, religious minorities, recent immigrants, or people of color, etc.) from which to view the event.
In addition, each poet must submit an essay providing historical context for their poem and explaining their creative decisions, and give a presentation to their peers about their historical event.
Finally, the poets will organize edit, design, and create an anthology of their work whose sales proceeds will go to a Veteran's organization of their choosing. The poets will also create a website to archive the project process and the products digitally.
To celebrate their work and to raise awareness for Veterans, the poets will organize and create their own book launch party in the micropolitan of Durango, Colorado.