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 hopeful 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.
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!
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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.
Friday, May 13th was very lucky for those in attendance at The Beat Museum in San Francisco's legendary North Beach neighborhood.
PW rocked the rafters upstairs, reading from both the "IDNGLFT" and "Sacred Wounds" collections (as well as sharing poetry from border Beat friends of his, and brand new, yet to be collected, works).
Bay area poets SB Stokes and E.K. Keith each brought their own soul and shine to the night, and many thanks go out to Jerry, Bob, and all that keep The Beat Museum running. Everyday, this cultural treasure helps educate, enlighten, and entertain visitors from all over the globe about not just the past traditions and heritage of Beat Generation writers, but the continuing Beat diaspora.
Beat isn't a "style" of writing so much as it is a way of living, and The Beat Museum is doing its part to keep that legacy alive and accessible to all that seek it out.
It was a GREAT night in North Beach!
His latest poetry collection, Sacred Wounds, published by legendary Texas small publisher, Slough Press, and edited by Texas Beat pioneer, Chuck Taylor, Jr., continues the Beat tradition of the American road-warrior poet. Covington's work is rooted in his personal experiences and in the energy of movement.
These poems take us from the war-ravaged airfields of Somalia to south Texas ranches, from the badlands of Utah to the Bay Area underground, and from the isolated introspection of a prison cell to the foot lights of the spoken word stage. His poems will resonate with any reader that loves the rush of wind through their hair; any reader that fights against injustice, the status quo, or parochialism; any reader that still believes in the promise held by mountains on the horizon.
The poetry is out there, and PW Covington has brought it back, in this new book.
The writer recently relocated to Northern New Mexico 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 remains an ally of native and indigenous
groups, 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.