The Poets and Writers Coalition at San Jose State University is celebrating National Poetry Month with the Legacy of Poetry Festival: Celebrating the Poetry of Migration and Diaspora. Recently concluded events include readings by Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Peter Balakian, former U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and Lannan Literary Fellow Javier Zamora.
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The MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State, in collaboration with Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, will host a two-day national symposium on the life and work of the late poet, educator, and Fresno State alumnus Andrés Montoya on April 13 and 14, 2018 in Fresno, CA.
Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is hosting a reading by Luci Tapahonso, author of A Radiant Curve (University of Arizona Press, 2008), and Margaret Noodin, author of Weweni: Poems in Anishinaabemowin and English (Wayne State University Press, 2015), on April 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Hope at Hand, an organization providing free poetry and art lessons for at-risk and vulnerable youth populations in Northern Florida, is celebrating National Poetry Month with the Jax Poetry Fest from April 4 through 7, 2018 in Duval County, Florida.
This four-day event features free spoken word performances, poetry slams, youth poetry contests, and workshops. Visit Jax Poetry Fest to see the full schedule.
For National Poetry Month, Academy Chancellor Alberto Ríos is collaborating with Arizona State University (ASU) Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent to create “visual sonnets." The project, whose name takes inspiration from the number of lines found in a sonnet, features fourteen photographs and poems.
Since 2008, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Eat Local :: Read Local has been celebrating the partnership between local restaurants and lovers of poetry in Milwaukee and Madison. Eat Local :: Read Local distributes printed poems to local restaurants for diners to enjoy during National Poetry Month.
Founded in 2009 by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, PoemCity covers the stores and streets of Montpelier, Vermont, with 425 poems submitted by Vermonters, including schoolchildren, nationally recognized and award-winning writers, and various local talents. PoemCity also offers workshops, readings, and lectures.
Writers in the Schools (WITS) is transforming trees into “poet-trees” in Houston, Texas. Visitors are welcome to share their creations and hang them on “poet-trees” located along the Buffalo Bayou Trails in Eleanor Tinsley Park. DIY “Poet-Tree” kits are also available for those interested in setting up their own “poet-trees” in the area.