Building Poetry Communities on WordPress.com

WordPress.com News

As we’re entering the final week of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in the US, we want to celebrate all the wonderful poetry-centric community projects here on WordPress.com.

The sites we feature today — like many others we follow and love — make an important point. We may all write on our own, but it’s only when we join a community of other writers and readers that our voices are truly heard.


Keeping it local

Some of the tightest-knit poetry groups are bound by a shared space, where writers know not only each other’s work, but also each other’s face. Over at Poetdelphia, Philly-based poets share poems, announce readings and other events, and celebrate community members’ achievements.

typewriter poetry2Ghostless Sleep, by Yasin Chines at Xsentric.

Similarly, .: Poetry in Chicago is a project that aims to bring together writers from across the city’s eclectic poetry community, with posts on

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France Joins Open Government Partnership

TechCrunch

French minister Marylise Lebranchu announced earlier today at the Paris Conference that France is joining the Open Government Partnership. It’s the logical next step following France’s work on open data and open government. In particular, a small entity called Etalab acted like a startup within the French government to release a new version of Data.gouv.fr. Many open data advocates praised France’s work in this area.

What does it actually mean when you join the open government partnership? The French government has 12 months to draft a comprehensive report on what it plans to do to become more open. If you’re interested in government innovation, this initiative is very interesting.

In particular, there are four key areas in the partnership — members need to “promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.”

Lebranchu surprised everyone by saying…

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