Poems can uplift, inspire, challenge, and change us. A poet’s careful use of words can bring us comfort or stir outrage in the face of injustice. In short, a poem is a powerful thing — one of the most powerful ways we can use words — so we knew that poetry would have to have a special place at Planet Word.
Planet Word announces an interactive sound installation by world-renowned contemporary artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Curious about how Planet Word came to be? Here, Ann talks about what inspired her to bring language to life with this one-of-a-kind museum.
What’s Planet Word up to in 2019? Read up on the rehabilitation of the Franklin School, our exhibit design process, and what to expect in the year ahead.
We have countless machine translation options at our fingertips at any given moment, but many of these comically fail to capture nuance and cultural context. By bringing live, human translators right to your smartphone, the Jeenie app hopes to provide a richer language experience—with all the convenience an app offers. But how does it work? We talked to CEO and co-founder Kirsten Brecht Baker to find out.
Long Way Down—Jason Reynolds’s bestselling novel in verse—makes its way to the Kennedy Center. Reynolds, a member of Planet Word’s Advisory Board, talked to us about empathy, the theatrical adaptation of his novel, and the importance of telling stories like Long Way Down.
Wow, is it Halloween already? If you need a last-minute, low-effort costume, here are four wordplay-inspired looks you can make with easy-to-find items. Never be unprepared for a costume party again!
Soccer and poetry might not seem to have much in common, but one local non-profit unites them toward a common goal: empowering kids. DC SCORES runs free, year-round soccer programs and poetry workshops for thousands of kids in the District, fostering both teamwork and creative expression. Representatives Tony Francavilla and Charity Blackwell chatted with us about the program and shared some stories about their young poet-athletes.
Balinese has long been pushed to the linguistic margins. What can revitalize it for the next generation? Collaboration, flexibility, and wiki technology! So says Alissa Stern, who founded the BASAbali organization to revitalize the language. She spoke to us about the opportunities and challenges that come with digitizing a local language, and the importance of making these efforts sustainable for future generations.
At celebrations throughout the year, we ooh and ahh at mesmerizing fireworks displays. But what exactly are we seeing? This short list of firework terms will help you put the wonder into words.
In honor of our June 4th groundbreaking ceremony, founder Ann Friedman shares her thoughts on how far Planet Word has come—and where it’s headed very soon.
Kids from around the country gather each year to test their spelling skills at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But what does it take to make it onto that stage? We talked to 1982 winner Molly Dieveney Baker about the dedication, discipline, and community that made her a champion.