Reader Maria Martinez passed this along:

Power Poetry — hatched at BAVC — is up for a Knight grant, Power Poetry, Roland Legiardi-Laura writes. It was first workshopped at the BAVC Producers Institute in 2010. “Today we are proud to note we have a community of 142,000+ registered youth poets from all 50 states and 175 countries who use their poetry to change their lives and the world,” Legiardi-Laura writes.

They are up for the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge and crowd voting is part of the application process. Give them some applause here.  And add your comment.

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