PW Covington's writing is raw, powerful, and carries the voice of his hard-lived curriculum vitae. His poetry and prose is undeniably of Beat lineage, and
his words have the power to carry the full weight of desperate yet inspirational experience.
Incarceration, Poverty, War, Heartbreak, Homelessness, Isolation, these are the roots of Covington's work, but his voice is neither bitter nor caustic. It is, in his own way, hopeful.
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Recently, Arizona Public Radio host Tom Maxedon with Phoenix affiliate KJZZ caught up with PW Covington via cell phone from his hotel room in Houston, TX.
PW was in town for the Houston Poetry Fest, where he had been named a Juried Poet, and Tom spoke to him a little about life on the road as a traveling poet, for the "Word" podcast.
Congratulations to North Beach and Other Stories for earning FINALIST status in the
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In July of 2017, PW was invited to join a delegation of US poets and writers in Havana, Cuba for the 21st Festival de Poesia Internacional.
For 8 days, writers from all over The Americas worked together to present and discuss their poetry at venues across Cuba's capital city.
Special focus was invested on issues such as Cuba's rapidly changing social and economic landscape, climate change and its present and future effects on the Americas, and the free flow of ideas and creativity between artists of different mediums and cultures.
Other poets invited from the USA included former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, and activist Odilia Galvan-Rodriguez. Invitees forged bonds of friendship and creativity with each other and with Cuban audiences.
Many events were sponsored and hosted by UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) .
More information about UNEAC and all the opportunities they provide Cuban writers and creatives can be found here.
Images and impressions of the 2017 Havana International Poetry Festival
Full color photos from Havana, and exclusive writings not published anywhere else.
Selected translations by Laura Peña.
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The writer moved to Northern New Mexico in 2017, and remains involved in a variety of progressive and social causes, including homelessness outreach and prevention and veteran's
advocacy. He has worked with disaster relief teams in major disaster zones across the continent. He traveled to Standing Rock as a Water Protector and to Havana Cuba as an invited guest at the
Havana International Poetry Festival. Covington remains allied with those fighting for justice and dignity for native, indigenous, and less privileged groups, including those that identify as
LGBTQ+, across the nation.
Covington also frequently donates his time and talents to benefits and other activities organized to support immigrants, human rights and social justice causes along the US/Mexico border.