National Poetry Month

U.S. Poet Laureate and Academy of American Poets Chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera

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about the celebration

about the celebration

This April marked the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Thank you for joining in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year's poster, participating in Poem in Your Pocket Dayrecommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month's events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

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Dear Poet 

A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.

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Anne Waldman

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thousands of individuals across the U.S. carried a poem in their pocket on April 21, 2016. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27, 2016.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

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Aug 04 2016

Pino Masnata, Futurist: A Life in Science and Art

The Poetry of Pino Masnata from 1919 to 1968 took the Futurist parole in liberta (free-word style) into a psychological depth that was unusual for the Futurist artists and very different from the poetry of the movement’s founder F. T. Marinetti. Roberto Masnata will talk about his father’s poetry and show images of the graphic poems never before seen in the United States.

Poet Andrew Joron will open the program with a demonstration of the theremin, an electronic music instrument invented by Léon Theremin in 1920. The performer creates sound by means of two radio frequency oscillators, without touching the instrument.

After the talk: Andrew Joron; composer Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic director of radiOM and Other Minds, San Francisco; and Margaret Fisher, translator of Pino Masnata's Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto, RADIA (not radio) will join Roberto Masnata to discuss the legacy of Futurist art in poetry and the electronic arts. A reception follows.

6:30pm
San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Avenue
94102 San Francisco, California
Aug 04 2016

Poets House Showcase Reading Series: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Derek Austin, Rickey Laurentiis, and Simone White

Readings by Cameron Awkward-Rich (Sympathetic Little Monster - Ricochet Editions), Derek Austin (Trouble the Water - BOA Editions), Rickey Laurentiis (Boy with Thorn - The University of Pittsburgh Press), and Simone White (Of Being Dispersed - Futurepoem Books), as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.

http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations...

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Aug 05 2016 to Aug 07 2016

Just ADD Sound (House on the Waterfront weekend opener)

Just ADD Sound #JASradio:

The vision of Just ADD Sound is to promote established as well as up and coming artists and DJs by providing a physical and virtual performance space to showcase their talents.

Just ADD Sound is an opportunity for an audience to enjoy learning more about artists and participating in a live show within an artist friendly space or from the comfort of the digital medium during the week. The greater vision of Just ADD Sound is to inspire the global community to let the passion of their ART motivate them to have their voices heard.

CyberJamz Radio, RealWomen House, Houseology and Just ADD Sound have teamed up for a poetry event Friday, August 5, 2016 to kick off the weekend of House Music/World Music and Poetry. This collaboration is tapping into the Maryland/DC area for artists and encourages local poets/spoken word artists to participate in the open mic segment. Just ADD Sound features a local poetry feature MJG Speaks and DJ Val, in addition to world renowned Poet/Activist Tantra-zawadi (New York), National Poet/Vocalist Camille Veronica (Miami) and Acoustic Poetic Soul artists Julie & Makeda (San Diego/New Jersey).

This show is produced by RescuePoetix™, Cyberjamz, Real Women House and Houseology

House on the Waterfront event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1006673292720408/

Admission fee: $5.00
9:00pm to 8:00pm
Bird Kitchen & Cocktails
3801 34th St
20712 Mount Rainier, Maryland

recent news and updates

May 03 2016
Portland Art Museum's Poem in Your Pocket Day Handouts
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.
Apr 27 2016
Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.

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