OVERVIEW: Washington Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
Humanities Washington
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Other Subject: Poetry Audience: All, Educators

Humanities Washington partnered with Copper Canyon Press (CCP), a world-renowned poetry publisher, to produce Pulitzers in Person in celebration of the Pulitzer Prizes centennial. Pulitzers in Person was a series of intimate events designed to inspire an increased interest in poetry in Washington state and beyond. The program was made up of two primary components: 1) an interactive webcast, streamed live, then edited and published as a digital archive and 2) a curriculum to use in conjunction with the various webcasts that was distributed to book clubs, writing groups, and academic institutions.

Pulitzers in Person resulted in three panel discussions, each focusing on the work of two different Pulitzer Prize-winning poets. The discussions featured three CCP poets and a moderator that read and discussed the Prize-winning works. Each poet that participated either shared a personal or poetic connection to the Prize winner featured. Featured Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and works included:

  • W.S. Merwin
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Carolyn Kizer
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Ted Kooser
  • Jean Valentine

Each webcast was filmed in Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, which also contained a 40-seat theater that permitted an intimate live audience. Once streamed and edited, the webcasts were uploaded to Root Channel for future viewership with additional streams being made available through Humanities Washington and CCP. Following the webcasts, CCP staff worked to create a relevant curriculum that was distributed early 2017. The curriculum featured bios, featured poems, key takeaways and lessons, as well as suggested exercises to give the viewer/participant an opportunity to connect further with the poets. In total, the webcasts welcomed more than 440 live viewers and once uploaded on the Root Channel (prior to the curriculum launching) received an additional 715+ viewers.


  • Copper Canyon Press (CCP)
  • Empty Sea Studios

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