Fresh off her eight-year run as the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver is going to see how she can fare in the print world as the first-ever guest editor for April’s edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. Shriver will oversee the “Express Yourself” – themed poetry issue and work with O’s editorial staff to develop ideas to commemorate National Poetry Month. The issue will debut on newsstands on March 15 and showcase work from some of the world’s premier poets, actors, athletes, musicians, and writers. Contributors will include actress Demi Moore and former boxing superstar Mike Tyson who will both share poems that resonate deeply with them. Shriver discussed the value of poetry and its effect on her life.
I try to mark the occasion of each new day by reading something inspirational. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a book of tips or quotations, but it usually comes from a book of poetry. Poetry can help us through hard times and bring us closer to our joy. Poetry can be prayerful and somber or irreverent and playful, but what runs through all poetry is the search for meaning and understanding that connects us together. While a poem may bring us deep personal meaning, it becomes more meaningful when we share it with others. That is why we’re asking readers to submit their own cherished poems. Poetry has had such a powerful influence on my life, and I’m thrilled to be celebrating National Poetry Month with the readers of O, The Oprah Magazine.