last chance!

September 23, 2020

LiTFUSE 2020 starts the evening of Thursday, September 24, and continues through Sunday the 27th with a stellar lineup of readings, workshops, and other virtual gatherings.

Bring all the LiTFUSE poets to your house this year. Registration is still open.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

jazz plus poetry

September 15, 2020

City of Asylum is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, initiative that provides “sanctuary to endangered literary writers,” and offers “a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.” This month, City of Asylum celebrates the 16th Annual International Jazz Poetry Month with a series of eight virtual concerts that join the sounds of jazz and poetry. See the list of upcoming events on the City of Asylum Crowdcast page and register to attend.

70 days of poetry

August 18, 2020

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Medellín (Colombia) Poetry Festival. This year, instead of the enormous gathering that usually takes place, the Festival goes virtual. More than 180 poets and speakers from more than 100 countries will present their work and participate in conversations about poetry, culture, peace, and the environment.

To read selections, go to this page and click on any photo. To see videos, go to the Revista Prometeo YouTube page or the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín Facebook page.

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Thanks to Roger Gilman for the heads up!

so much poetry!

August 5, 2020

The Boston Poetry Marathon is a tradition going back more than 20 years. The event brings together poets from around the globe, each poet reading for about 5 minutes during the three-day poetry festival. This year, the Boston Poetry Marathon goes virtual for the first time, with close to 150 poets participating, including Eileen Myles, Kazim Ali, Lloyd Schwartz, Danielle Legros George, and Dorothea Lasky, among many others. Here’s the schedule.

Broadcast live to the BPM YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter/Periscope pages, the hours (Eastern time) are 7:00-10:00pm on Thursday, August 6, 2020, 7:00-10:00pm on Friday, August 7, and ten solid hours (100 poets in a day!) from Noon-10:00pm on Saturday, August 8.

Wednesday Night Poetry’s Virtual Open Mic, hosted by Kai Coggin, was physically held each week at Kollective Coffee+Tea in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, but is now held virtually to poets all over the world. Founded by the late Bud Kenny, WNP is the longest running consecutive weekly poetry open mic series in the country, never missing a single week of poetry since February 1, 1989. Kai curates and shares each week’s open mic.

To participate, send a video poem or song (3 minutes or less) to Kai Coggin on Facebook messenger, or to kaicoggin (AT) To watch, visit Wednesday Night Poetry on Facebook, 5:00pm Pacific, 7:00pm Central.

virtual Dodge

July 1, 2020

If you’ve ever longed to attend the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival but couldn’t quite swing a trip to Newark, New Jersey, 2020 may be your year. Festival organizers have just announced that this year’s events will stream live at no charge beginning Thursday, October 22, 2020. (Performances on-demand will be available for a nominal subscription fee.)

As usual, the Festival will feature individual and group poetry readings and performances, conversations and panel talks among several poets, and Q&A with Festival poets. Though many of the details are still being worked out, there is already an impressive list of confirmed poets. Stay tuned!

LiTFUSE 2020, virtually

June 24, 2020

The wonderful late-September gathering of poets in Tieton, Washington, LiTFUSE, has announced that the show will go on, as a fully virtual program.

  • LiTFUSE 2020 will take place September 25-27. Workshops and related programming will be offered in the weeks leading up to the main event.
  • Registration fees will be reduced to $150 per person and include virtual access to all regular workshop classes. Master classes will be available for an additional fee.
  • The poetry slam and keynote events will take place virtually. In place of the poet’s banquet, there will be a digital cocktail reception for faculty and registered attendees.
  • Special accommodations for the digital environment, such as closed-captioning, printable media, etc., can be arranged.

The 2020 LiTFUSE Faculty is now listed on the site and Registration is open.

what’s on, virtually

June 2, 2020

The folks at Open Books, Seattle’s all-poetry bookstore (now open for curbside pickup), have just made it a little easier for you to find virtual poetry readings and events. If you have an event to add, you’ll find an email on that page.

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