about the celebration
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it 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 Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young person, signing 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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A multimedia educational project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems shared by our Chancellors.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018.
Poetry & the Creative Mind
The 2018 annual gala will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 25.
Jul 17 2018
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Glitch: An Evening of Poetry & Catalogue Launch for ONE HAND CLAPPING
To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim will present on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist and poet Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator Xiaoyu Weng.
Jen Bervin’s poetic, multidisciplinary, conceptually driven work results from intensive research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. Bervin’s work has been exhibited internationally and receives support from the Asian Cultural Council, Creative Capital, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Silk Poems (2017) is her tenth book.
Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation—separately and in various combinations. Her books and translations include The Ants (2014), Texture Notes (2010), and Mouth: Eats Color—Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (a 2011 multilingual work of both original and translated poetry). She teaches at Brown University.
Nicholas Wong is the author of Crevasse (2015), the winner of Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Also a recent recipient of Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize, he teaches at the Education University of Hong Kong.
Feliz Lucia Molina is the author of Undercastle (2013), a coauthor of The Wes Letters (2014), Roulette (forthcoming), and chapbook Crystal Marys 2016). Her writing has been published by Open Space, Fence, PEN America, Night Papers, and others. She can be found at felizluciamolina.com.
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (2013), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and June (2006), a chapbook. With her family, she divides her time between Marfa, Texas, and Chicago, where she teaches at the University of Chicago.
Tan Lin is a writer, artist, and critic who has authored over 13 books. Most recently, his works were the subject of a solo exhibition at Treize, Paris. His video work has been shown at numerous venues, including the Yale University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, and Artists Space. He teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.
To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org for free and to use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.
Admission fee: $15.00
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave10128 New York, New York
Jul 17 2018
Join Kickstarter and the local literary community to celebrate our Summer of Poetry with a rooftop poetry reading and reception at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn headquarters. Sip on wine and literary cocktails and enjoy local snacks while you drink in a view of the Manhattan skyline. As the sun sets, poets including Fran Wilde, Carlos Hernandez, and Sid Orlando will perform their work and share a poem that has been influential to them.
WORD Bookstore will be onsite with copies of the poets' books available for purchase.
58 Kent St11222 Brooklyn, New York
Jul 18 2018 to Aug 12 2018
In a bold move, Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.
Murray Dewart, one of the gallery’s founding members, recently edited the anthology, Poems About Sculpture. In the foreword, Robert Pinsky asks, “What has art made of breath to do with an art made of matter?” Twenty-four pairs of sculptors and writers have taken up the challenge of this timeless question. Each sculptor and each poet has created a new work in response to his or her partner’s art or writing. The exhibit is about the essence of inspiration, which is mysterious, profound, and intimate. It is a unique collaboration between two art forms: poetry, which is ephemeral and sculpture, which is concrete. Embracing materials as varied as silk, steel, bronze, rawhide, granite, wood, wax, glass, light and sound, the sculptors interpret in form what the poets have alluded to in words. The wide range of poetry encompasses hip-hop, free verse, rhymed couplets and ekphrastic poetry, which is a tradition of vivid verbal descriptions of works of art.
Among the distinguished participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former US Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project and Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston. Current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges of Haitian origin, and Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, are two of the poets reading at gallery events during the exhibit. Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska, and Anaïs Duplan, Founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, extend the breadth of the writing offered, as does Dany Crosby Baez, originally from Uruguay, who writes in Spanish.
Boston Sculptors Gallery, an elegant and spacious venue in the heart of Boston’s SOWA arts district, easily accommodates a wide variety of expression from freestanding installations to wall works and projections. BREATH and MATTER offers unusual integrations of source material (breath) as inspiration for form (matter). With sculptors being inspired by poets, and poets responding to sculpture, this is sure to be one of the most innovative shows of the season! Join us for our Grand Opening on July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will feature readings by several participating poets. A second reception and reading will take place on August 3 as part of SOWA’s First Fridays evening gallery walk. Please visit bostonsculptors.com for a complete listing of poets’ readings and other events at the gallery. The public is invited free of charge.
Participating Sculptor/Poet teams include: B Amore/Mary Bonina, John Anderson/Tomas O’Leary, Edwin Andrews/Anne Elliot, Jodi Colella/Wendy Drexler, Murray Dewart/Robert Pinsky, Donna Dodson/ Danielle Legros Georges, Rosalyn Driscoll/Oliver de la Paz, Sally Fine/Nancy Lord, Chris Frost/David Daniel, Peter Haines/S. David, Michelle Lougee/Lauret E. Savoy, Susan Lyman/Alison Deming, Nancy Winship Milliken/Chard deNiord, Andy Moerlein/Ernestine Hayes, Claudia Olds Goldie/Lee Sharkey, Eric Sealine/Sophie Wadsworth, Nancy Selvage/Ros Zimmermann, Liz Shepherd/Emmet Van Driesche, Julia Shepley/Audrey Henderson, Andrea Thompson/Mary Pinard, Hannah Verlin/Anaïs Duplan, Leslie Wilcox/Lisa Harries Schumann, Andy Zimmermann/Joseph Torra, Nora Valdez/Dany Crosby Baez.
Founded in 1992 by eighteen prominent Boston-area artists, Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. The gallery currently represents thirty-eight artists offering innovative sculpture and installations in a wide range of media. It is the
only sculptors’ organization in the country that maintains its own exhibition space. In twenty-six years, the co-operative has held over 227 exhibitions and supported the work of 58 sculptors with work shown in 48 states and 36 foreign countries. Gallery members have received numerous honors including 81 residencies, 315 awards or fellowships and 134 grants. Members have taught in 70 settings, generated 169 permanent public art works and 308 temporary public artworks and are included in 1,100 private and public collections.
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave02118 Boston, Massachusetts