This summer we continue our tradition of offering free summer poetry readings with a diverse lineup of poets sharing their work at historic New York City venues—from Governors Island's Colonel's Row to The New York Public Library's iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman
Thank you to our sponsors and the many millions of teachers, students, booksellers, librarians, small press publishers, and especially poets, who helped make National Poetry Month the largest literary celebration in the world. In April 2014, National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day was mentioned thousands of times in news publications throughout the United States, and many inspiring events took place in local communities. For example, one North Carolina based poet was able to secure 18 official mayoral proclamations declaring April as National Poetry Month.
We are proud to sponsor the Massachusetts Poetry Festival this weekend, May 2-4, in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s a perfect time to celebrate poetry, meet up with old friends that share your love of words, and make new friends. Headliner poets this year are: Kim Addonizio, Lucie Brock-Broido, Rafael Campo, Carol Ann Duffy, Oliver de la Paz, Cornelius Eady, Rhina Espaillat, Forrest Gander, David Ferry, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Marge Piercy, Susan Rich, Vivian Shipley, and Academy of American Poets Chancellor C.D. Wright.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout has selected Hannah Sanghee Park as the recipient of the 2014 Walt Whitman Award, our prestigious first book prize. As the winner of the Whitman Award, Park’s manuscript, "The Same-Different," will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2015, and we will purchase and distribute thousands of copies of the book to our members. Park will also receive $5,000 and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.