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Since 2008, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Eat Local :: Read Local has been celebrating the partnership between local restaurants and lovers of poetry in Milwaukee and Madison. Eat Local :: Read Local distributes printed poems to local restaurants for diners to enjoy during National Poetry Month.
Founded in 2009 by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, PoemCity covers the stores and streets of Montpelier, Vermont, with 425 poems submitted by Vermonters, including schoolchildren, nationally recognized and award-winning writers, and various local talents. PoemCity also offers workshops, readings, and lectures.
Writers in the Schools (WITS) is transforming trees into “poet-trees” in Houston, Texas. Visitors are welcome to share their creations and hang them on “poet-trees” located along the Buffalo Bayou Trails in Eleanor Tinsley Park. DIY “Poet-Tree” kits are also available for those interested in setting up their own “poet-trees” in the area.
We're looking forward to this year's National Poetry Month and are excited to announce the following activities and initiatives for this coming April celebration of poets and poetry.
From poets across the country challenging themselves to write a poem each day in April; to skyward murals of poems on the rooftops of Miami buildings for fliers to see; to students in Seattle, many of whom are refugees, telling their personal stories through poems broadcast on public radio... National Poetry Month is an umbrella for many innovative and inspiring local celebrations of poetry, which, together, reach tens of millions of individuals.
Speedway & Swan is a one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of musical selections. In each episode, creator and host Brian Blanchfield, who won the 2014 James Laughlin Award, is joined in conversation by a rotating cohost who reads a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, along with poems from recently released poetry collections.
It's the final week of National Poetry Month. Take a look at celebrations happening across the country.
Gerald Stern and Open Mic Poetry Reading
Ocean County College in New Jersey will sponsor two free events for National Poetry Month. On April 25, OCC students will participate in an open mic poetry reading in the Larson Student Center. And, on April 28, renowned poet, essayist, and educator Gerald Stern will give a reading in the Black Box Theatre of the Grunin Center.
It's the middle of National Poetry Month. Check out ways communities are celebrating across the country.