At Planet Word, Let Poetry Surround You

At Planet Word, Let Poetry Surround You

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.


Why Make a Museum of Language?

Why Make a Museum of Language?

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.

From the Founder: What's in Store for 2019?

From the Founder: What's in Store for 2019?

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.

New App Banks on the Human Element of Translation

New App Banks on the Human Element of Translation

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.

Empathy, Art, and Telling Important Stories: Q & A with Jason Reynolds

Empathy, Art, and Telling Important Stories: Q & A with Jason Reynolds

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.

Visual Pun Costumes—Your Last-Minute Halloween Hacks

Visual Pun Costumes—Your Last-Minute Halloween Hacks

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!

When Soccer and Poetry Meet, Kids Succeed: Q & A with DC SCORES

When Soccer and Poetry Meet, Kids Succeed: Q & A with DC SCORES

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, Meet Wikipedia: Revitalizing a Local Language Online

Balinese, Meet Wikipedia: Revitalizing a Local Language Online

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.

Five Firework Words to Light Up Your Celebrations

Five Firework Words to Light Up Your Celebrations

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.