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Apr 27 2017

The Poetry Brothel at The Strand

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges, and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret, offering live music, burlesque, magic, vaudeville, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances, and installations at each event.

Line Up will be announced soon, and you can get more details here

Come for the happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., where your first drink is on The Strand. The show will start at 8 p.m.

The event is presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month, the world's largest literary celebration, now in its 21st year.

You can purchase a $50 ticket, which will include a $10 gift card to Strand, a small book of poetry, and admission to the event. You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $75 and include a gift bag, 2 private readings, and more. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room. Guest entry at 826 Broadway at 12th Street. 

Admission fee: $50.00
The Strand
828 Broadway
10003 New York , New York
Apr 27 2017

National Poetry Month open-mic event

Poetry is a powerful vehicle for celebrating and sharing our personal narratives.  This April we’re joining Minneapolis-based Milkweed Editions and other independent booksellers across the state to commemorate the fusion of art and history.  We’re inviting poets of all ages and experience levels to share their favorites –published or original– during our first annual Poem in Your Pocket Day open-mic event.  

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks and workplaces.  We’d love to hear you recite your selection at the History Center.  

Beltrami County History Center
130 Minnesota Ave SW
56601 Bemidji, Minnesota
Apr 27 2017

The Poetry Project 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring Anne Waldman

The Poetry Project will host its first-ever gala in celebration of its 50th anniversary on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The gala will honor Anne Waldman for her radical and inspiring contributions to international contemporary poetry and activism, and for her past leadership of The Poetry Project. The evening will include performances by composer and performance artist Laurie Anderson, writer and vocalist LaTasha Diggs, and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma.

For 50 years, The Poetry Project has been devoted to poetry as a way of life, supporting poets, inclusivity, curiosity, and community. The arts and other expressions of liberty are under attack. The Poetry Project's 50th Anniversary Gala will be a celebration of the arts as urgent resistance and brilliance.

Anne Waldman has published more than 40 books of poetry, including the monumental feminist epic, The Iovis Trilogy (Coffee House Press, 2011). She is a poet and teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. She was the Artistic Director of The Poetry Project from 1968 to 1978. Over the course of her career, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. To learn more, visit her website at

Host Committee: Rosemary Carroll (Chair), Elinor Nauen (Co-Chair), Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn, Yoshiko Chuma, William Corbett, Will Creeley, Ted Dodson, Stephen Facey, E. Tracy Grinnell, Molly Gross, Bob Holman, Vincent Katz, Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whiteridge, Annabel Lee, Rachel Levitsky, Gillian McCain, Anna Moschovakis, Eileen Myles, Tracie Morris, James Sherry, Patricia Spears Jones, Pat Steir, and Edwin Torres.

Event details

7pm: Cocktail party

8pm: Toast by Ron Padgett, performances hosted by Bob Holman
9:30pm: After-party with DJ A. Radovski

The event will be held at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, at Second Avenue, in Manhattan. Gala tickets are $150. After-party only tickets: $25. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds support the artistic programs of The Poetry Project.

Gala Sponsors: Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLC, Committee on Poetry, Ingram, Justin Jamail, McNally Jackson Books, Elinor Nauen & Johnny Stanton, and Nine Cakes.

About The Poetry Project

Founded in 1966 by the late poet and translator Paul Blackburn, The Poetry Project has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetry for five decades. It has grown from a grassroots organization to an internationally regarded treasure with its archives housed at the Library of Congress.

Located at the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, The Poetry Project hosts three distinct reading/performance series, plus talks and special events, providing a platform for internationally renowned poets and multidisciplinary artists, as well as open mic events. Through its “Emerge-Surface-Be” program, it offers nine-month mentorships, including stipends, to promising emerging poets. It also publishes a newsletter and occasional volumes of poetry, and maintains an extensive tape and document archive. For more information about The Poetry Project, visit

Admission fee: $150.00
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E 10th St
10003 New York, New York
Apr 27 2017

Blackbird Poetry Festival: Tyehimba Jess Facing Chaos

Pulitzer prize winning writer and slam poet Tyehimba Jess headlines the ninth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival for HoCoPoLitSo. With rare skill, Jess welds the immediacy of slam poetry with the craft of poetry on the page. Mr. Jess will read from and discuss his recent work, Olio, as well as leadbelly, his 2004 book chosen for the National Poetry Series, during the Nightbird Poetry Reading.

About Olio, 2011 National Book award winner Nikky Finney said: “Tyehimba Jess is inventive, prophetic, wondrous. He writes unflinchingly into the historical clefs of blackface, black sound, human sensibility.” 

Buy tickets

Visit the Blackbird Festival on Facebook and the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society to learn more. 


Admission fee: $15.00
Horowitz Center, Smith Theatre, Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Apr 27 2017

UNL Slam Poetry Team Feature Performance

Honest, fierce and creative performances by nationally-competing student poets.

Nebraska Union Auditorium
1400 R Street
68508 Lincoln, Nebraska
Apr 27 2017

Poetry Scream 2017

Let's celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day AND the end of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) with an open mic!

We named this event the Scream two years ago when we were doing it on the square, yelling our poetry over the noise of the traffic. Now we have sound equipment (thanks to Jacksonville PARD), so you can save your voice!

Bring your original poetry to perform, read a piece by a favorite poet, or just listen and enjoy! If you've been writing a poem a day for NaPoWriMo, pick one or two to share!

Java Jolt Coffeehouse
5 Public Sq E
36265 Jacksonville , Alabama
Apr 28 2017

National Poetry Month Workshop "Poetry Lab #1"

Join Albany's Poet Laureate Rebecca Black in a hands-on workshop and build your own poems. Use all of your senses to explore each of the four stations - in the Tinker Lab, you’ll find paper, scissors, paint, clay and found objects to construct your own three-dimensional poem. Next visit the Poem Decoder Station, the Time Machine Station, and the specially designed annex for Totally New Feelings. No experience necessary; come join Albany's active community of poem-makers, word-designers, and emotion-engineers. Snacks and light refreshments provided. Rebecca encourages adults, kids, and families to join her and discover their inner poets!

8:00pm to 10:00pm
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Ave
Main Hall
94706 Albany, California
Apr 29 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Poetry

Flintridge Bookstore celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with poetry for all ages!

Schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM: Visit Cedar the reading therapy dog, and read him a poem from our children's selections

12:00 to 4:00 PM: RENT POET offers poetry-on-the-spot for your pet. Bring a photo (or not), and RENT POET Brian Sonia-Wallace will write a poem using his manual typewriter. Brian will also bring his own dog, a Shiba Inu, and his book, I Sold These Poems Now I Want Them Back. The session will end with a book signing

1:30 to 3:00 PM: 2nd grade students from Paradise Canyon Elementary School recite their original poetry and display their inspired Lego creations

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Poetry open mic for adults. Come early to sign up



1:00pm to 8:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
91214 La Canada Flintridge, California
Apr 29 2017

Seattle Bookstore Day at Open Books

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country! This year, 19 indie bookstores in Seattle are celebrating with prizes, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, and the ambitious Bookstore Day Challenge. For more details on the day — including how to get 25% off for a year at Open Books! — visit the Seattle Bookstore Day Facebook Page.

Extended hours

We’re opening early and staying open late; come and see us anytime, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Poem-inspired edible treats throughout the day


Because April is National Poetry Month, we’ll also have the following ongoing offers and specials available:

15% Discount for Students and Educators

For the entire month of April we are pleased to offer a special 15% discount on new books to all students and educators.

Mount Analogue Erasure Display

For the past few months, Mount Analogue has been working with poets Joseph Massey, Catherine Bresner, Jenni B. Baker, Andy McAlpine, and Caroline Crew on a new Erasure Series. Mount Analogue is a new kind of press, focused on words and images, collaboration and community, and intellectual courage.

Visit here for the Indie Bookstore Day FAQ

1:00pm to 10:00pm
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th St.
98103 Seattle, Washington
Apr 29 2017

Beginning Poets Boot Camp

Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time:  1-4 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Curious about writing poems? Written something that might be a poem? Stuck in a rut writing the same poem over and over? Eager to write when you’re not heartbroken? In this three-hour class for beginning poets, we will explore basic strategies you can use to create and shape poems. In-class exercises will help you invent poems, break lines, add layers of meaning, and more. When you leave Beginning Poets Boot Camp, you will have the tools and exercises you need to continue to write poems.

Register here

or call the office at 317-255-0710

Admission fee: $48.00
Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St.
46220 Indianapolis, Indiana