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.
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.
Look for PW Covington in 2020, near YOU...or reach out and let's see what can be arranged to come and commit poetry where you are. Collaborative readings, performances, appearances in support of worthy causes, and interactive workshops are being scheduled now, through the end of 2020!
Congratulations to North Beach and Other Stories for earning FINALIST status in the
2019 International Book Awards!
Contemporary Beat poet PW Covington explores the Continent with this collection of hard lived and masterfully delivered verse.
From the US/Mexico border to the Standing Rock reservation, Covington brings us impressions and stains left upon his soul as he traveled the continent, following the release of his 2015 collection "Sacred Wounds".
His pace will be familiar to readers accustomed to his style, but this collection is much more "now" oriented than his previous work. Accessible, direct, and unflinching (even psychedelic, at times)...this is poetry born on the highway, not in the classroom.
Pack a bag and kiss your loved ones goodbye; join PW Covington "out there", where the poetry is found!
Features a unique "Yage Letters" inspired introduction written by the Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas, Edward Vidaurre and a taste of Covington's short fiction. CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY!
In July of 2017, PW joined 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.
PW's contribution to this vital anthology is not published or available anywhere else. The project is titled "Bad Hombres & Nasty Women" and is published by The Raving Press.
The Barnes and Noble Booksellers in McAllen, Texas hosted the launch event, which featured diverse voices from across the border regions of South Texas and beyond. A portion of the evening's sales went to benefit the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank. This region is "ground zero" in the fight against hate, fascism, and walls.
The poets and creatives of the Rio Grande Valley are leading the resistance!
Order this important collection by clicking HERE.
On September 1, 2016, in Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hourglass Literary Magazine awarded PW Covington the Literature & Latte Scrivener Award for poetry.
Judges were Sibelan Forrester, Poet and Professor of Russian, Swathmore College, John K. Cox, professor of history, North Dakota State University (Fargo), and Jelena Lengold of Belgrade, who was awarded the Biljana Jovanović award, Female Pen award, “Zlatni hit liber” and EU award for literature for her collection of stories “Fairground Magician”.
Covington received a monetary honorarium along with other prizes and will have his winning poem, "Value Menu", published and translated into Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian (BCMS) for inclusion in a future issue of Hourglass.
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.