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.
May 25 2018
This month we are proud to welcome WEIRDD poetry readers Wren Hanks, Amy Meng, & Julia Guez to share their latest work with a wildcard lecture by Daniel Hernandez Diaz on astrophysics titled "History of the Universe in Fifteen Minutes.'
Wren Hanks is the author of The Rise of Genderqueer, a 2018 selection for Brain Mill's Mineral Point Poetry Series. A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Jellyfish Magazine, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. He is the author of several other chapbooks, including Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). He is an associate editor for Sundress Publications and co-edited Curious Specimens, an anthology of the strange and uncanny. He lives in Brooklyn, and you can find him on twitter at @suitofscales.
Amy Meng holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University. She is the author of Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018) and a Kundiman Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, New England Review, and Narrative Magazine. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Julia Guez has received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia, a Fulbright Fellowship and the “Discovery”/ Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry, translations and essays have recently appeared in POETRY, The Guardian, Circumference, and PEN Poetry Series. Guez works at Teach For America-New York and lives with her family in Greenpoint. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers.
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street11231 Brooklyn, New York
May 25 2018
Toni Jensen’s first story collection is From the Hilltop. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, among others. She teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas and in the low residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.
Daisy Atterbury is a writer based in Santa Fe and New York. She’s currently working on a project that considers U.S. settler colonial dynamics, soundscapes and the built environment in New Mexico (which includes Outer Space). She co-directs an annual seminar program founded in 2010 to support conversation around aesthetics and politics in northern NM. Her work has engaged audiences through various media formats including film, installation and performance as well as more traditional outlets of production and publication. She received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and she teaches creative writing at Queens College, CUNY.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street10003 New York, New York
May 26 2018
Dusk Aflame: poems & art is a bittersweet melange, a delirium of experiences and memories. Buenos Aires looms large with elegiac, nocturnal footsteps: on the edge of chaos and accidents waiting to happen. Buenos Aires, womb and capital of the tango, a melancholic music and sultry dance created by men and women who felt a need for the embrace. Death aspires to be a character here, and Dusk, too, female, animistic. On a lighter note, Mong-Lan continues with her cherished theme--love poems to nourishing delectables, like persimmon, rice, and sesame seed. Dusk Aflame includes odes to the body, to the South, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, and an island off the coast of Thailand. Jazz in poetry, in rhythm to the syncopations of life, to the tango, all comes together in a voice and world vision that is uniquely Mong-Lan's.
Mong-Lan's lyrical brush and ink paintings accompany her poems in a poetic dance of movement, providing a visual resonance and portent to her work. Her vital virtuoso strokes assume their own characters and lives of their own.
Suggested donation: $7
Mộng-Lan, writer, former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Fulbright Scholar, has published seven books of poetry & artwork, and three chapbooks. She has won prizes such as the Juniper Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards, among others. A former college professor with the University of Maryland in Tokyo, she left her native Viet Nam on the last day of the evacuation of Sai Gon. Also a musician and composer, she has released nine albums of jazz piano and tangos, which showcase her poetry. As a visual artist, her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and in museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art and in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Buenos Aires. Mong-Lan as a dancer has studied ballet, jazz and flamenco, and has specialized as a tango dancer, performer, and teacher, having over twenty years of tango dance experience, in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hanoi, and elsewhere.
River Oaks Bookstore
3270 Westheimer Rd77098 Houston, Texas