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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Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018

Urban Word NYC 2018 Summer Institute

Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City. 
 
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
 
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application. 
 
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st. 
 
 
11:00am to 3:00pm
Urban Word NYC
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor
10011 New York, New York
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
Jun 23 2018

Shore Thing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

Admission fee: $85.00
9:15am
Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey

recent news and updates

Apr 19 2018
The Talking Chair at Robbins Library
The Talking Chair at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA features audio recordings of poems written and read by Arlingtonians of all ages and by Arlington Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins. It was developed by Emily Calvin-Bottis, a digital and interactive experience designer and Arlington resident, with support from the Arlington Cultural Council.
Apr 17 2018
The Poets and Writers Coalition at San Jose State University is celebrating National Poetry Month with the Legacy of Poetry Festival: Celebrating the Poetry of Migration and Diaspora. Recently concluded events include readings by Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Peter Balakian, former U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and Lannan Literary Fellow Javier Zamora.

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