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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Jan 22 2018

A Poetry Reading by CAConrad and Dara Weir

Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series is put on by Committee of Vigilance members Michelle Taransky and Emily Pettit. The Committee of Vigilance is a subdivision of Sleepy Lemur Quality Enterprises, which is the production division of The Meeteetzee Institute.

DARA WIER's 13th book, jubilat and factory hollow press.

CACONRAD's childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, including Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners. He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Object and Ucross. For his books, essays, and details on the documentary. www.CAConrad.blogspot.com.

6:00pm
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 22 2018 to Feb 12 2018

QUEER LONGINGS AND LONGETIVITY: A WORKSHOP with Kay Ulanday Barrett

4 Sessions, 2 Hours 
Mondays, January 22nd- February 12th
Fees & Payment Options: $150-$250 Sliding Scale
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15th, 2018
 
**Note: tickets are listed on Eventbrite as "donation" in order to enable the sliding scale function. Please note that your registration is not confirmed unless you have paid a registration fee.
 
Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop engages in the spirit of performance, reading, and content development. Together, we examine and chart poetry methods that center Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming poetry of Color. A keen focus will include vital work of Sick, Disabled, Migrant, and working class/poor perspectives. 
 
Class Description: 
 
"Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." 
-- José Esteban Muñoz.
 
Understanding our lineage as QTPOC is critical to innovating our own writing and creative forces. Collectively, we will read, write and share work, pushing our own multiple tool kits that emphasize poetry as method, as interrogation, as praxis. This four-session workshop will incorporate theater, performance, writing exercises, and encourages us to polish our emotional practice that embraces an accessible and thriving practice of writing and witness. 
 
Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope 2016) is their first collection. K. has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They are a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. You can read their interview with PBS on poetry as a testimony to survival.
 
NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at [email protected].
 
 
 
Admission fee: $150.00
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
10001 New York, New York
Jan 22 2018

Rijard Bergeron & Precious Okoyomon

Rijard Bergeron (b.1990, H.H.I, South Carolina) is a poet. His work has been published in The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism's Poetry Portal, This Image Journal, and elsewhere. Rijard also makes collage and has most recently published two pieces in collaboration with Sara Jane Stoner, for her book Experience in the Medium of Destruction (Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs). He is very grateful for his friends and his friends who have been, and continue to be, mentors. He invites you to view the photographs he posts on his Instagram, @rijardbergeron. He lives in Brooklyn with a pitbull named Lucy and his lover, where he is the events coordinator for The Felt.

Precious Okoyomon is a Brooklyn based poet and artist. She is the author of Ajebota (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Exo Exo in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Her writing has been published in Hobart, Fanzine, New York Tyrant and elsewhere. She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil. She’s currently working on a book or two. http://preciousokoyomon.com/

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
10003

recent news and updates

Apr 28 2017
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Apr 19 2017
June Jordan
The Center for Black Literature, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and the Brooklyn Public Library are celebrating National Poetry Month with the program “June Jordan: Reflections on Her Life and Activism.” A poet, playwright, and essayist, June Jordan was the author of numerous poetry c

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