poetry near you

Are you looking to connect with poets or find poetry readings or workshops? To find poetry events and resources near you, simply enter your zip code in the search field below. You can also click on the states menu to the right above and select your state to find out more information about your state and city poets laureate, festivals, conferences, writing programs, literary organizations, landmarks, poetry-friendly bookstores, and more in your area. If you’d like to share events with the Poets.org audience, please submit them below.

upcoming events

filter by
date
Apr 26 2019 to Apr 28 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival

On April 26 to 28, 2019, join celebrated poets Anne Carson, Hala Alyan, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthea Harvey, and many others for Sarah Lawrence College's annual poetry festival in Bronxville, New York. The weekend includes craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested: slc.edu/poetry-festival

learn more

register

To be considered for #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week, we invite you to become a registered user of Poets.org and use our online calendar Poetry Near You to promote local events in your community.

6:00pm to 5:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Various venues within campus
10708 Bronxville, New York
Apr 22 2019

COUNTER-DESECRATION Launch

On Earth Day, The Poetry Project will host the East Coast launch of Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed and published by Wesleyan University Press. Join editor Linda Russo and contributors Thom Donovan, Marcella Durand, Brenda Iijima, E.J. McAdams, Evelyn Reilly, and Asiya Wadud as they share their terms, repurposed words, and neologisms from the collective glossary that map approaches to the interlinked social, economic, and environmental forces that shape relations between places, individuals, and other species imperiled in the Anthropocene. Event will include contributor readings/performances and a roundtable.

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Apr 23 2019

Celebrating Kentucky Writers (and poets who wish they were from Ky)

Works by vintage Kentucky favorites like Robert Penn Warren and Wendell Berry will be featured, along with works by others, including Kentucky's newest Poet Laureate, Jeff Worley.  

Calloway County Public Library Program Coordinator Sandy Linn said, “We are committed to promoting literacy through family-oriented activities, and are especially pleased to host a multi-generational event that connects to National Poetry Month. This is the second year in a row we are celebrating this way, and the response has been so positive, we hope to continue the ritual for many years to come.”

Readers can sign up in advance by contacting Constance Alexander, at [email protected].

An award-winning poet and writer, Ms. Alexander is working with Mrs. Linn to coordinate the April 23 program and recruit participants of all ages and backgrounds. A recipient of a Governor’s Award for her work in media, Alexander’s love of poetry goes all the way back to grade 4, when she won her first poetry contest.

“The efforts of the Calloway County Public Library’s on behalf of poetry are a reminder of the importance of literacy in celebrating, preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Kentucky. Public libraries, of course, are a logical place to bring these shared values together.” 

The event in Murray is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mrs. Sandy Linn at 270-753-2288, or email her at [email protected]. The library is located at 710 Main Street in Murray, KY.

6:30pm
Calloway County Pubic Library
710 Main Street
42071 Murray, Kentucky
Apr 23 2019

Poetry off the Shelf: Natasha Trethewey & Charles Wright

Experience an evening of poetry with two former US poets laureate. An award-winning poet and Academy of American Poets Chancellor, Natasha Trethewey has authored five collections of poetry, including Monument and Domestic Work. Winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize, she currently serves as a board of trustees professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Pulitzer Prize–winner Charles Wright has published more than 20 books of poetry, including his latest, Oblivion Banjo: The Poems of Charles Wright. Additional honors include a National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Book Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and a Griffin International Poetry Prize.

7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 23 2019

11th Annual Community Leaders Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation invites community leaders from the Helena area to read a favorite poem and tell a short tale about why they selected it. Our "leaders" come from schools, organizations, elected offices, businesses, and the library, too. A poignant and sometimes humorous time is had by all. This year's readers are Bonnie Bowler, Mayor Wilmot Collins, Helen Fandrich, Captain Rob Lawler, Hannah Musckiewicz, and Jill Roberts. A reception follows the reading.

7:00pm
Lewis & Clark Library
120 S. Last Chance Gulch
59601 Helena, Montana

poems

poem
The door you come through slams shut before the door you go to opens.
A last stopping place, a once-over from the guard behind his tinted glass.
Your pockets are empty, wristwatch in the locker, with wallet and change. 
Two pens, a notebook, a wish to act normal, and show you threaten no one. 
It is completely
poem

Translated by Brian Holton

rot    holds the long rows of this great ship of stone
rot    holds your footstep    my footstep

walking the toppled waste where the Admiral gazes down upon the water

poem
Inside the stove, he found 
a passageway, leading to a set of stairs.
This caused him a great deal of worry
as well as elation and gladness of living.
He did not, however, venture
into the oven, but sent his little brother in
in his stead. This seemed at first 
a good idea, but when the brother
had been gone