Friday, March 28, 2014

Thirty Days of Poetry

April is coming... and that means National Poetry Month.
Between today and April 1st, the Cuyahoga County Public Library is promoting its National Poetry Month site with emails that encourage people to sign up to receive daily posts, and the chance to win tickets to the April 8th reading by Robert Pinsky. Please share the link with your friends:

How's that: A poet a day till the beginning of May! Each day in the month of April, the site will feature a prompt, a poem by a Northeast Ohio poet, and a link to a poetry site (some related to the national celebration, but most related directly to Ohio poetry or Northeast Ohio poetry). Read-write-poetry!

--or, if you want to see a poet laureate but can't make the library April 8, Kent is your place: how about celebrating National Poetry Month with Ted Kooser? The Wick is bring Kooser to Kent on April 10 at 7:30 pm.

Or, if Lorain is your place: celebrate National Poetry Month with the Lorain Public Library's Third Annual Poetry Slam and Open Mic Readings on Thursday April 10 at 7 pm. Audience members are welcome to perform their original works or favorite poems for the open mic session. Location: Main Library - Room A - 2nd Floor, 351 W. Sixth Street, Lorain.

  • Know of more happenings for National Poetry Month?  Post them to the comments!


Diane said...

The Great Poetry Giveawy: consider participating if you blog:
Comment on my blog and you're eligible to win one of three books, including one of renga by 54 poets:

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

A little further south, the Third Thursday Poetry returns to The Root Cafe in April for National Poetry Month! The feature poets are Debra Kang Dean and Nancy Chen Long, two wonderful Indiana poets. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 17, 7:30. And remember to bring poems to share at open mic. Check their facebook page at

John B. Burroughs said...

As always, there is much to be excited about this month at Mahall's. Come hear fine featured poet Frank Giampietro, have some brews, roll a few strikes and share your latest spoken word masterpiece-in-the-making at our open mic. This will be my first month hosting, as founder and longtime host Catherine Criswell has a new job out of state.

While earning an MA at Washington College and an MFA from Vermont College, Frank Giampietro was the president and general manager of a retail appliance business in Dover, Delaware. His first book of poems Begin Anywhere was published by Alice James Books in 2008. He is the co-author of Spandrel with Denise Bookwalter and Book O' Tondos with Megan Marlatt. Awards for his poetry include a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Kingsbury Fellowship from Florida State University, a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Florida Book Award. He is the creator of La Fovea, and Poems by Heart. His poetry, nonfiction, short-short fiction, and book reviews have appeared in journals including 32 Poems, American Book Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior, Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, CutBank, FENCE, Hayden's Ferry, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Ploughshares, Rain Taxi, Subtropics, and Tampa Review. He was a resident scholar at The Southern Review from 2010 to 2011 and the managing editor of Alice James Books from 2011 to 2012. Currently, Frank Giampietro serves as the interim director of Cleveland State University Poetry Center and visiting assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University and in the North East Ohio Master of Fine Arts program.

John B. Burroughs said...

That's Monday April 7th at 7:30 p.m. at Mahall's 20 Lanes, 13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau