Jennifer Benka: Poetry in Motion

“I am personally interested in exploring the possibilities of poetry—to counter rhetoric, reinvigorate language, and uplift the material of the everyday.”

Jennifer Benka was recently named the new Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. Having served as Managing Director of Poets & Writers for almost a decade and, most recently, as the National Director of Development and Marketing for 826 National, she’s also an accomplished writer in her own right.

Benka took some time to talk with Lambda Literary about the mission of the Academy of American Poets, her own personal inspirations, and the relationship between poetry and queerness…. read more

'Pinko' and 'a box of longing with fifty drawers' by Jen Benka

In 1985, I was fifteen years old; I subscribed to Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. The first issue of my subscription had a black cover with white type and a listing of different words for feminists: activists, organizers, progressives, visionaries, etc. As the words progressed down the page, they moved from the… read more