Poem on the Range: Mapping Places with Iconic Poems
March 5, 2010—This April, the Academy of American Poets is seeking submissions to an ongoing multimedia-mapping project, Poem on the Range. Poetry-lovers can contribute to the map by sharing videos or photos from a poetic pilgrimage, of literary landmarks, or by capturing the poetry in place on camera while reading a poem on location. Footage can be geotagged and posted to the Academy's Poem on the Range Flickr Group, the Poem on the Range Google Map, or emailed to OntheRange@poets.org. Submissions received by April 21 will be considered for a feature on Poets.org and will be entered to receive a selection of poetry books. For complete information, visit www.poets.org/ontherange.
Poem in Your Pocket Day Set for April 29, 2010
The Academy of American Poets is calling on people to take time for poetry on April 29, Poem in Your Pocket Day. The underlying concept of the nationwide celebration is simple: pick a poem, pocket it, carry it, and share it at workplaces, schools, libraries, community centers, and other public spaces. The Academy encourages people to celebrate by organizing readings, forming street teams to pass out poems, circulating poetry via email or handheld devices, or by tearing and sharing verses from the Poem in Your Pocket anthology. For more ideas and a selection of pocket-sized poems to download and print, visit www.poets.org/pocket.
Poets.org Unveils Poem Flow App
Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets, is unveiling Poem Flow, a new iPhone app that offers an innovative way to read great works of poetry by flowing a poem, line by line, across the screen of a handheld device. The app features a different poem each day, along with contextual information on the poet and poem. When the device is held in "Portrait" mode, poems appear in their traditional format; turned to "Landscape," the poem moves seamlessly across the screen. The free version of Poem Flow includes twenty days of poems to flow, and the full version of the app provides subscribers with one year of poems. View Poem Flow online at www.poets.org/poemflows.
Free National Poetry Month Poster
"We make a dwelling in the evening air, / In which being there together is enough." These lines from Wallace Stevens's poem "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour" curve between a star-filled sky and the kaleidoscopic designs featured on the 2010 National Poetry Month Poster. The award-winning illustrator and designer Marian Bantjes designed the poster and explained her decision to donate her time to the project:
I do sometimes find myself thinking that I am spending "too much time" on a project, but ultimately I have to say "who is it for, what does it say, and what does it do?" And in this case: a project which is printed in a quantity of 200,000 and distributed throughout schools and organizations to promote poetry to children and the populace in general, well that is a project worthy of my time. Far more worthy, in fact, than most other things I can think of.
The poster is available free of charge, while supplies last, to teachers and librarians by online request, and can be downloaded for personal use at www.poets.org/poster.
8th Annual Poetry & The Creative Mind
The Academy of American Poets will host its eighth annual star-studded benefit, Poetry & The Creative Mind, on Tuesday, April 20, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. This year, special guests reading favorite poems include Meryl Streep, Jhumpa Lahiri, Matt Dillon, Alan Cumming, Rosanne Cash, Gabriel Byrne, Frank Bidart, and others to be announced. Tickets ($40–$75) are available by calling (212) 721-6500. www.poets.org/gala
New Spring Poetry Titles
The first place to look for new books of poetry, the Spring Books List of the Academy of American Poets features 140 new and recently published titles from independent and commercial presses. Highlights include NOX, Anne Carson; The Apple Trees at Olema, Robert Hass; The Living Fire, Edward Hirsch; Where I Live, Maxine Kumin; Other Flowers, James Schuyler; White Egrets, Derek Walcott; new books by Ai, Charles Bernstein, Terrance Hayes, Alex Lemon, Richard O. Moore, C. K. Williams, and others. www.poets.org/npmbooks
About National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets
National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and is now the largest literary celebration in the world. National Poetry Month brings together schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, and poets to highlight poetry and its vital role in American culture. National Poetry Month is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Academy of American Poets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1934 to foster an appreciation for contemporary poetry and to support American poets at all stages of their careers. Visit the Academy's website, Poets.org, to learn more about other National Poetry Month programs. www.poets.org/npm