Poet Beau Sia

I’m a Lottery Draft Pick for Any Apocalypse Team

Beau Sia is a Tony-award-winning slam poet. Before he took part in this week’s Zócalo/Da
Poetry Lounge spoken word performance and conversation, “Does Democracy Need Poets?,” at ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles, Sia spoke about his writing practice, doing Qigong every morning, and being on Broadway.

Poet and Educator Alyesha Wise | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Poet and Educator Alyesha Wise

I Want to Be a Gentle Giant

Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist, the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement, and the director of program development for Street Poets, Inc. Before moderating Zócalo/Da Poetry Lounge’s event …

Poet Sekou Andrews | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Poet Sekou Andrews

My Voice Is the Way That I Spring Into Action

Sekou Andrews is a poet, writer, producer, and an actor. Before he took part in this week’s Zócalo/Da Poetry Lounge spoken word performance and conversation, “Does Democracy Need Poets?,” at …

Poet Steve Connell | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Poet Steve Connell

Poetry Can Be a Mirror to Hold You Accountable

Steve Connell is a spoken word artist and entertainer. Before he took part in this week’s Zócalo/Da Poetry Lounge spoken word performance and conversation, “Does Democracy Need Poets?,” at ASU California …

How Poetry Marches Democracy Forward

Spoken Word Artists Discuss the Power of Language in a ‘Post-Truth’ Nation

The connection between poems and American politics runs deep. Presidents from John Quincy Adams to Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are published poets. Poets help usher in new presidential eras …

Our Favorite Essays of 2022 | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Our Favorite Essays of 2022

From Behind Prison Walls to a Container Ship Out at Sea to the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Zócalo’s Contributors Traversed the World to Report on the Human Condition

In 2022, Zócalo’s contributors reported from the front lines of a changing world, looking to foster conversation—and curiosity—about the way we live now.

While selecting just 10 essays from the scores …