February 12, 2017
National Poetry Month will be here before you know it and a day in Ellensburg, Washington, at the 2nd annual Poetry Prowl will be a day well spent. The Prowl celebrates an acclaimed poet from the past (Edna St. Vincent Millay this year) and features guest poets, open mics, and a book fair, hosted by various venues within easy walking distance, in the heart of historic downtown Ellensburg.
An impressive list of featured poets is already posted and the full schedule will be available soon.
The Poetry Prowl happens Saturday, April 8, 2017, Noon – 10:00pm, and it’s FREE!
April 26, 2016
From the Stuff We Love file comes this project in Miami, Florida. In cooperation with the Miami International Airport Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs and the literary culture organization O, Miami, artist Randy Burman has created a National Poetry Month project called Poems to the Sky. Short poems written by 3rd and 4th grade students at two local elementary schools have been painted on rooftops of Miami buildings in one of MIA’s several flight paths. These gigantic, skyward murals, visible to airplane passengers, are being documented with drone video and photography and brought back to the schools where they were created. BravO, Miami!
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April 23, 2016
To cap a series of readings that started in December and in celebration of National Poetry Month, Jeni Cottrell, Harold Niven and FAIM present an Art and Poetry Special Exhibit and Reading at the Firehouse Café and Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington).
Noisy Water poets were invited to exhibit artworks inspired by or related to their Noisy Water poem. The resulting exhibit is on view through April 30, 2016, during café hours, 7:00am – 4:00pm daily. A special reception and reading will be held tomorrow, Sunday, April 24. The reception begins at 6:30pm and the reading begins at 7:00pm. The entire event is free and open to the public. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.
The Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, in town for his poetrynight appearance on April 25, will be a special guest and member of the audience for the evening’s festivities. Participating artist/poets are: Anita K. Boyle | Nancy Canyon | Susan Chase-Foster | David Drummond | Susan J. Erickson | Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson | Sandra F. Lucke | Carol McMillan | Rachel Mehl | Stephen Peters | Erica Reed | Colleen Schwartz | Harvey Schwartz | Sheila Sondik | Caitlin Thomson | Richard Widerkehr.
April 21, 2016
Get the dog and the cat and take a National Poetry Month break, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch.
Recognizing the similarities between poets and pets, he has created a page of altered quotes, Let Sleeping Poets Lie, in which the words pet(s), dog(s) and cat(s), as well as puppies and kittens, are replaced with poet(s).
When you’re ready for more, visit Look What the Poet Dragged In, where he’s given similar treatment to idiomatic expressions.
Watch out, Michael Dylan Welch, the poetcatcher is after you.
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April 9, 2016
…As if you had already made your way through all those recommended books from best-of lists that appeared over the holidays, the folks at LitHub suggest that you Celebrate National Poetry Month With 10 New Must-Read Collections. They do sound amazing, and at least you’re at no risk of running out of poetry books to read.
April 5, 2016
…it wouldn’t really be National Poetry Month without the poster, this year designed by Debbie Millman. To order a poster, download a PDF or read a selection of the poetry featured on the poster, visit the Poster Request Form page at the Academy of American Poets.