National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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about the celebration

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 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

Join thousands of individuals across the U.S. who will carry a poem in their pocket on April 26, 2018. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

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.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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May 29 2018

Art in the Basin Open Mic

Join Amy Joy Robateau and Tim W. Brown at the biweekly Art in the Basin open mic. Poetry, fiction, storytelling -- all spoken word styles are welcome. 

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8:00pm to 10:00pm
Mon Amour Coffee and Wine
234 W. 238th St.
10463 Bronx, New York
May 29 2018 to Jun 03 2018

Truth and Beauty: A Poetry Workshop with Ellen Bass and Marie Howe

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty . . .” If you want to encounter more truth in your poems, to express it in the most beautiful way possible, to craft poems that reflect the inextricable marriage of truth and beauty, love and death, the luminous and the ordinary, please join us for this special workshop.
 
We will write poems, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We’ll also read model poems by contemporary poets and discuss aspects of the craft. But mainly this will be a writing retreat—time to explore and create in a supportive community. Though the focus is on poetry, prose writers who want to enrich their language will find it a fertile environment.
 
The structure of the workshop:
 
This workshop is oriented toward generating new work. We’ll start each day with a talk about some aspect of the craft of writing. Then the rest of the morning will be devoted to writing. Unlike workshops where there are multiple short writing prompts, we prefer to schedule longer writing sessions so that there’s time to go deeply into your writing. You may not be actually writing that entire time, but there’s space for writing, reflection, starting off on a whole new topic, maybe taking a short break to refresh yourself and beginning again.
 
The workshop begins with dinner on Tuesday, May 29th, and will end with our group poetry reading on Saturday evening, June 2nd. There will be a last breakfast together on Sunday, June 3, before check out.
 
About Mabel Dodge Luhan House:
 
As an historic inn and conference center which offers retreat-style setting and artistic and literary workshops, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House continues to build on its 80-year history of personal, intellectual, and artistic ferment.
 
 
Rooming and costs:
 
Fees vary according to your room These fees are all-inclusive, including the workshop, lodging, and all meals.
 
There may be an opportunity for a commuter spot for $1900. Workshop fees and all meals are included in this spot.
 
Admission fee: $2 500.00
9:00pm to 1:00pm
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
240 Morada Lane
87571 Taos, New Mexico
May 30 2018

Greetings, from Queer Mountain Showcase

This month, you'll be gifted performances by Bowen Yang, Dennis Norris II, Kelli Trapnell, Mila Myles, Tyler Ford, and Sam Taggert. They will respond to the theme "I Can't Make You Love Me", so bring some kleenex (to wipe your tears away - don't be nasty!).
 
Greetings, from Queer Mountain is a themed comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase created by Micheal Foulk and Ralphie Hardesty. The show is currently running in Austin, New Orleans, and now New York! The mission of the show is to provide more stage time for the LGBTQIA voices that are often left out of heteronormative art spaces and to foster the growth and acceptance of new voices in writing, comedy, and performance.
 
Queer Mountain has been featured on Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Festival, Outsider Festival, and PBS Stand Up Empire.
 
7:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St
10012 New York, New York

recent news and updates

Apr 26 2018
The Atrocious Poets, a poetry collective based in Woodstock, Illinois, is observing National Poetry Month with One City, One Poet. This year's celebration aims to bring the life and legacy of "the people's poet" Carl Sandburg to the streets of Woodstock.
Apr 24 2018
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is partnering with Howard Community College to present the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on April 26, 2018, in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland.

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