Welcome to the CDC Poetry Project!

The time has come for all good poetry people to say the unsayable, speak the truth, and spread the word.

On December 15, 2017, as reported in the Washington Post, the Trump Administration gave a directive to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget were not to contain the following words:

  • vulnerable
  • entitlement
  • diversity
  • transgender
  • fetus
  • evidence-based
  • science-based

Starting on December 16, Sarah Freligh and Amy Lemmon invite writers from all walks of life to submit poems in any form that included all seven of these words, preferably in repetition, to CDCpoetry@gmail.com, for publication on the blog. Please note our Submission Guidelines.

Stay tuned for prompts, updates, and poems!


DISCLAIMER: This project has no official affiliation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the United States Government under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The views and opinions expressed in the works published on this site are those of the authors.



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