April 2nd, 2009 by Sarah Laleman Ward
How can you celebrate poetry? It’s easy! Visit the official webiste for National Poetry Month for loads of ideas. Here are a few: sign up for the “Poem a Day” email list and receive a new poem every day for the month of April. Or, if the thought of a poem a day is just too much for you, take part in the “Poem in your Pocket” day on April 30. There are also a number of events in New York City this month celebrating poets and poetry:
Poetry & the Creative Mind
Gala Celebration at Lincoln Center
On April 5, 2005, The Academy of American Poets will present a star-studded celebration of American poetry. Featured readers include Meryl Streep, Dan Rather, Maya Lin, Gore Vidal, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sam Waterston, Minnie Driver, Diane von Furstenberg, among others. The event will take place at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Tickets will be available through the Lincoln Center box office.
Simon Armitage, James Richardson, and Charles Simic
Co-sponsored by Harcourt, Ausable Press, and the Academy of American Poets.
Chelsea Barnes & Noble, Sixth Avenue @ 22nd Street, 7 pm, FREE.
Jack Gilbert, Ann Lauterbach, and Glyn Maxwell
The Academy of American Poets presents a quartet of contemporary American poets. Tickets will be available at the door: $8 for general public and $5 for Academy members and students. Co-sponsored by Houghton Mifflin, Knopf, and Penguin.
Wollman Auditorium, New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor. 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Prize Reading at Poets House
The Academy of American Poets presents Harryette Mullen and Amber Flora Thomas, judge and winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Prize, respectively. They will read with prize finalists Greg Pardlo and Dawn Lundy Martin. Thursday, April 21, at Poets House (72 Spring Street). Free and open to the public. 7 pm
Poets on Poets: Roethke, Rukeyser, and Wright
The Academy of American Poets presents a series of reflections and celebrations of three extraordinary American Poets by three contemporary poets: Edward Hirsch on Theodore Roethke, Sharon Olds on Muriel Rukeyser, and Galway Kinnell on James Wright. Tickets will be available at the door: $8 for general public and $5 for Academy members and students.
Wollman Hall, New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor. 7 p.m.