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

 

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Jun 30 2018

Humor is Serious Business: The Use and Abuse of Humor in Poetry

In this class, we’ll examine poems that make effective use of humor, and do some writing to help you free your inner Monty Python.  To help in the process, please bring (# of class members) copies of a poem not your own that strikes you as seriously funny.  In the afternoon, we’ll discuss a poem of yours—preferably one that either uses humor, or that you think could use more of it.  Please bring copies of your poem for this workshop.

Instructors

Charles Harper Webb, called by Lifescape “Southern California’s most inventive and accessible poet,” has published twelve books of poetry, including Reading the Water, Liver, Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, Amplified Dog, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, What Things Are Made Of, Brain Camp, and his most recent, Sidebend World, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, a collection of Webb’s essays on the craft of poetry, was published by Red Hen Press in 2016.  Webb’s awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize.  His poems have appeared in distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and psychotherapist, he is the editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. He is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

A prolific writer, Ron Koertge was published widely in the ’60s and ’70s in such seminal magazines as Kayak and Poetry Now. His first book, The Father Poems, was published in 1973, and was soon followed by many more, including poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His most recent book, Vampire Planet, was released in 2016 from Red Hen Press. Ron is the recipient of grants from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council, has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry (1999 and 2005), and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize winner.  His fiction has been honored by the American Library Association, and two novels have received PEN awards. After teaching for thirty-seven years at the city college in Pasadena, he retired and now teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. He currently lives in South Pasadena, California, with his wife, Bianca Richards.

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Admission fee: $100.00
1:00pm
Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave.
91103 Pasadena, California
Jul 01 2018

The Inborn Word: Move Write & Read

THE INBORN WORD: MOVE | WRITE | READ with PEGGY DOBREER is a workshop for writers with an emphasis on prodding the body and brain to collaborate more deliberately. Each workshop includes easy movement, a packet of prompts and poems, and time for personal feedback. Revitalize your writing by increasing your range of motion in the body and on the page.
 
“Until I Took Peggy Dobreer’s Workshop At AROHO, I Never Dreamed That Movement Could Open Such Rich Avenues of Play And Invention In My Writing Process. Dobreer’s Approach Is Magical.” —Janet Fitch, Author Of White Oleander, The Revolution Of Marina M.
 
Please wear loose fitting clothes for movement. Bare feet or clean socks are best for this first half hour. The bulk of our time is spent on writing, reading, and peer discussion. Packet of poems and prompts are provided.
 
Peggy Dobreer is a long-time performance artist and late-career poet, winner of the 2017 Poetry Matters Poetry Prize from Downey Symphony Orchestra. She has a 2014 Pushcart Nomination, two collections titled, Drop and Dazzle and In The Lake of Your Bones, both from MoonTide Press, and two earlier (self-published) titles, Little Captures and Face of Sky, First Eye Press.
 
Peggy is a choreographer, parent, student of mystical traditions, and an irrepressible curator of new combinations. Ms. Dobreer’s poetry is lyrical, mobile, and published most noteably in Pirene’s Fountain, Mas Tequilla Review, Malpais Review, Bicycle Review, San Pedro River Review, and Yoga Magazine. Most recent anthologies include: the just released, Voices From Leimert Park Redux Anthology, Harriet Tubman Press for Tsehai Publishers, Vol. #1, Aeolian Harp Folio Series, Glass Lyre Press, Like A Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, Lucid Moose Lit, and Ekphrastia Gone Wild, which also features work by Nobel Laureate, Wislawa Szymborska.
 
Peggy is co-author of 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide, Pro-Ed, Inc. She facilitates E=Mc2BODIED POETRY WORKSHOPS for adults, teaches for Writers In The Schools at Red Hen Press, and hosts THE RwIrGiHtTe READ literay series at Stories Books. She was a Program Director at AROHO2015, at Ghost Ranch.
 
 

 

Admission fee: $35.00
4:00pm
Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave.
91103 Pasadena, California
Jul 18 2018 to Aug 12 2018

Breath and Matter: Artists and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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 Ave
02118 Boston, Massachusetts

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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