April 30, 2017

You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.


April 29, 2017

Are you ready? Today, Saturday, April 29, 2017, is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s celebrated nationwide with a variety of festivities, including author appearances. But in the Seattle area, 19 participating indie booksellers have thrown down the gauntlet: visit all 19 stores, get your IBD passport stamped and you will receive a 25 percent discount at all participating stores for a year. (It’s still National Poetry Month and a lot of stores are offering discounts on poetry books, so this is a great time to pick up those titles you’ve been wanting.) See the list of participating stores on the Bookweb Indie Bookstore Challenge page.

on poetry

April 28, 2017

“If you’re going to say what you want to say, you’re going to hear what you don’t want to hear.”
Roberto Bolaño
(April 28, 1953 – July 15, 2003)

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what’s in your pocket?

April 27, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket
Today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Read. Share. Listen.
What’s your poem?

on poetry

April 26, 2017

“You know, writing in form is a way of developing your thinking — your thinking along with the tradition. In a way, it’s not you alone, it’s you in partnership.”
Marilyn Nelson
(b. April 26, 1946)

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photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

your brain on poetry

April 25, 2017

Perhaps you’ve been wondering whether or Why Reading Poetry Is Good For Your Brain. JR Thorpe offers an answer — in the affirmative — in Bustle. Poetry, apparently, stimulates emotions, language and memory, even if we know nothing about it. The author concludes there’s much more work to do, but this article is a good place to begin.

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Whitman, musically

April 23, 2017

A new Kickstarter project is currently seeking modest funds to complete the budget for a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra. Composer Rob Goorhuis will write the score for Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Said, What Is The Grass from Leaves of Grass.

The world premiere of the completed work will be performed by the Dutch Fanfare Orchestra with soprano Fenna Ograjensek at the Dutch National Championships Finals on November 12, 2017, in Enschede, The Netherlands. Read more on Kickstarter.

Friday in Auburn

April 22, 2017

April 28, 2017

Here come the poets laureate! Northwest Renaissance Poets presents an evening of poetry with an illustrious lineup: current Washington State poet laureate Tod Marshall, former Washington poets laureate Elizabeth Austen and Sam Green, Auburn poet laureate Marjorie Rommel, and youth poet Summer Barnett. Poets on the Ave, 7:00pm, Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Auburn Avenue Theatre, will include readings, refreshments and more in this wrap-up event for National Poetry Month.

poetry by the pie

April 21, 2017

Here’s one for the good idea file. In New Orleans, today is the 4th Annual Pizza Poetry Day.

The mission of Big Class “is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities.” For Pizza Poetry Day, Big Class encourages students throughout the city to submit poems, which are judged, selected and eventually printed so they can be attached to pizza boxes for the day’s deliveries. The project partners with six local pizza parlors, a number that seems to be growing each year along with enthusiasm for pizza poetry.

And that’s not all. “This year, Big Class’s Pizza Poetry Project and the New Orleans Youth Open Mic are coming together to launch The New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival (#NOYPF). NOYPF is a 3 day event taking place around New Orleans during April (National Poetry Month) with events on April 19th, 21st and 22nd, 2017.”

Good work, NOLA!

Visible Poetry

April 20, 2017

Here at The Poetry Department we try to keep tabs on the intersection of poetry and other media. The Visible Poetry Project sits right at that intersection, pairing filmmakers and poets “to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems.” For National Poetry Month, VPP is posting a new visual poem each day at 9 AM EST. There will also be a screening on Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, at The City Reliquary in Brooklyn, New York.

Find out more about the project and watch the videos at the Visible Poetry Project website.