National Poetry Month

 Academy of American Poets Chancellor Claudia Rankine

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poetry month April 2017
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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 27. 
 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind

This year's annual gala was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 19.
 

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Poetry and the Creative Mind

 

upcoming events

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Aug 23 2017

Poets & Writers' Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting

Please join us for the next Poets & Writers’ Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by Art Share L.A.
 
This informal meeting is a great opportunity to connect with fellow presenters, presses, teachers, and writers. Roundtable Meetings bring together people from all areas of the literary community to share ideas, news, and resources. It's also a chance to learn more about P&W and how our Readings & Workshops program might support your literary events. We are pleased to have Joe Smoke, Grants Administration Division Director at the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) as our guest speaker. Joe will speak about the grant programs offered by the DCA and answer questions from the group. Please RSVP to jfitzgerald@pw.org to reserve your seat.
 
This meeting is made possible by support from the California Arts Council, a state agency.
10:30am
Art Share L.A.
801 East 4th Place
90013 Los Angeles, California
Aug 23 2017

Mathilde Blind: Radical Victorian Feminist

Join Charis in welcoming Agnes Scott College Professor of English, James Diedrick, as he shares his groundbreaking critical biography of the German-born British poet Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)—a freethinking radical feminist. Born to politically radical parents, by the time she was thirty, Blind had become a pioneering female aesthete in a mostly male community of writers, painters, and critics, including Algernon Charles Swinburne, William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, William Michael Rossetti, and Richard Garnett. By the 1880s she was widely recognized for a body of writing that engaged contemporary issues (such as the Woman Question, the forced eviction of Scottish tenant farmers in the Highland Clearances, and Darwin’s evolutionary theory), and she subsequently emerged as a prominent voice and indeed a leader among New Woman writers at the end of the century, including Mona Caird, Rosamund Marriott Watson, and Katharine Tynan. She also developed important associations with leading male decadent writers of the fin de siècle, most notably Oscar Wilde and Arthur Symons. Despite her extensive contributions to Victorian debates on aesthetics, religion, nationhood, imperialism, gender, and sexuality, however, Blind has yet to receive the prominence she deserves in studies of the period. As the first full-length biography of this trailblazing woman of letters, With Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters,  underscores the importance of her poetry and her critical writings (her work on Shelley, biographies of George Eliot and Madame Roland, and her translations of Feuerbach and Bashkirtseff) for the literature and culture of the fin de siècle. 
 
This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5.

 

Admission fee: $5.00
7:30pm
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Avenue NE
30307 Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 24 2017

An Evening with the Women of Color Writers' Workshop

Featuring WOC writers including Celeste Baker, Shubha Bala, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Kim Brandon, Annette Leach, Rosita Libre, OyaBisi, Jessica Paloma, Rachelle Parker, Kailee Pederson, Raquel Penzo, Cynthia Roby, Luvon Roberson, Tracie Spellman, and Susan Yung.
 
In 1999, writer and activist Bisi Ideraabdullah created the Women of Color Writers (WOC) Workshop in a storefront on Fifth Avenue in South Brooklyn. The WOC Writers Community is now a global collective of women writers, and their forthcoming anthology Boundaries & Borders will feature writing from women across the globe. WOC Writers promotes the rights of women of color to be seen and heard through their literary voices, and helps women build their writing skills and confidence, as well as providing opportunities for publication and performance of their work. This evening WOC Writers participants share their recent work, followed by a festive wine reception. Check back at our website for updates on the full lineup!
7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn, New York

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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