There are many regional poetry festivals and other poetry-related events happening around the country during National Poetry Month, and all year long. If you are interested in booking a local or regional poet for future programming at your library, gathering resources on poetry to supplement your current programming, or you just want to see what sort of poetry events are happening near you, check out the Academy of American Poets’ National Poetry Map. Below are some events happening in April, just in time for National Poetry Month!
Pleasanton Poetry, Prose and Arts Festival
April 4–5, 2009, Pleasanton, CA
This is the 8th year for the Pleasanton Poetry, Prose and Arts Festival (PCAC)—this year features Dana Goia, former chair for the National Endowment for the Arts, as the keynote speaker. PCAC also features “Literary Row,” with local and national authors.
Poetry Under the Stars, Longway Planetarium
April 21, 2009, Flint, MI
At this unique semi-annual event, poetry is recited under the celestial canopy of the planetarium! April’s event features Joseph Tyler reciting in Spanish, and Jane Gentry Vance reciting in English.
Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival
April 21–25, 2009, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
The 3rd annual festival, featuring Rick Campbell, Claudia Emerson, Terry Kennedy, Dorianne Laux, All Maginnes, Joseph Millar, Al Maginnes, Allison Seay, and Eric Weil.
Austin International Poetry Festival
April 23–26, 2009, Austin TX
The world’s largest non-juried poetry festival, with all events open to the public. The 17th annual AIPF will feature a poetry slam contest.
Sarah Lawrence College Annual Poetry Festival
April 24–26, 2009, Bronxville, NY
The 6th annual festival, featuring Cynthia Cruz, Linda Gregg, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Anais Mitchell, Kevin Pilkington, Valzhyna Mort, Mary Ruefle, CK Williams, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Marie Howe, Dennis Nurkse, Tom Sleigh, Mark Yakich.
Cave Canem Celebrates National Poetry Month
Monday, April 27, 2009, The New School, NY, NY
A celebration of National Poetry Month featuring Cheryl Clarke, Jacqueline Johnson, Karma Mayet Johnson, Willie Perdomo, Jeffrey Renard Allen.
National Poetry Month 2009 poster image courtesy of the Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org