A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
Vox Populi was founded on April 1, 2014 when Nisha Gupta and I met for coffee and decided to start a website to support the anti-fracking activists in Western Pennsylvania. After our friend Joseph Carreno designed the site, we started posting articles and interviews about the damage being done to the water and air of this region and what activists were doing to try to stop the destruction. Later, we decided to post poetry as well in order to make the website less wonky. Well, we lost the battle over fracking, but meanwhile the website had grown in popularity, so we continued posting. Nisha went on to do other things (teach, write, make films), but I continued the daily posts, adding to the mix of poetry and politics a selection of short films, vegan recipes, and personal essays. So far, I’ve posted over 5,000 items. The daily blog has about 11,200 subscribers and a strong presence in social media, and VP publishes some of the best writers and artists in the country. Evidently, a carefully curated selection of poetry, art and political commentary from a progressive standpoint (a ‘gazette of the left’ as I like to call it) meets a need among readers. My favorite comment about Vox Populi comes from contributor Doug Anderson who said, “Vox Populi is basically a personal blog that seems to have swallowed a small planet.”
Below is a list of our most popular posts over the last six years in the categories of Poetry, Political Articles, Personal Essays, Art/Music/Film, and Health and Nutrition, as well as additional links to my personal favorites in each category. Please do let us know which posts are your favorites.
(By the way, subscriptions to VP are free. Simply go to the bottom of the page and type in your email address to start receiving daily posts.)
Health and Nutrition
Also, I want to recognize Chard deNiord for his many beautiful poems he’s allowed me to include in Vox Populi.
And finally, a shout out to our awesome contributing editors and support team: Dawn Potter, Jose Padua, Abby Zimet, Joan E. Bauer, David Huddle, Mel Packer, Nicholas Simms, Sandy Solomon, Philip Terman and Arlene Weiner.
Prose and compilation copyright 2020 Michael Simms