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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"Only the truly great poets ever die"
-so the "Death of the White Male Poet" is a birth
of wonder, truth, and surprise.
Born off road via Burroughs, Bukowski, Kerouac and Chuck Taylor. At truck stops, diners, "Hotel bars and Black Town Cars", drinking bourbon, red sugar water, smoking, stoned, cigarette'd, and lust never quenched, close to the flesh of strangers, sailors, the suck and the score.
Airports, Borders, bodies and Bodhis await your witnessing Enlightenments.
God and Night and Sex are one.
            Welcome to the New Bible from Pilgrim PW Covington.   

       
-Thom Woodruff, State of Texas Beat Poet Laureate

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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.


International Book Awards:                    NORTH BEACH and OTHER STORIES                                                  LGBTQ Fiction Finalist

   Congratulations to North Beach and Other Stories for earning FINALIST status in the
2019 International Book Awards! 

HAVANA, CUBA

International Poetry Festival

Covington Invited to Read in Cuba

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.

 


Order "Notas De La Habana" now, by clicking HERE.

   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. 

PW Covington is featured in the VA's National "Crisis Line" outreach campaign
PW Covington is featured in the VA's National "Crisis Line" outreach campaign

     PW Covington is the hope inside of all of us on our worst day.

 

  He is the quiet voice, screaming inside our soul that refuses to accept defeat, even when we must lose.

 

  He is the things we can only find after we have lost everything.