Celebrate National Poetry Month during the month of April at free programs and workshops across the state interacting with local Arizona and national poets. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. These programs encourage the reading of poetry, inspire people to write poetry, and engage communities to participate and learn various forms of poetry. Programs and workshops are free and open to the public.
“We all need poetry. The moments in our lives that are characterized by language that has to do with necessity or the market, or just, you know, things that take us away from the big questions that we have, those are the things that I think urge us to think about what a poem can offer.”
– Tracy K. Smith
Stay tuned for program updates!
Past National Poetry Month Programs
Performing From Place: Earth to Microphone withKen Lamberton (Bisbee) – April 4th
Sacred Journeys: A Mobile Poetry Workshop with Jaclyn Roessel (Phoenix) – April 8th
“Poetry is dead. Long live poetry” at the Wickenburg Literary Festival with Jake Friedman (Wickenburg) – April 8th
Poets Logan Phillips and Roanna Shebala with Poets on the Rez (San Carlos) – April 13th
Annual Spoken Futures Showcase with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (Tucson) – April 15th
Hop, Skip and Jump into Poetry at Mountain View Elementary (Peoria) – April 27th
Poet Josh Rathkamp at Art Intersection (Gilbert, AZ)
Poets Laura Tohe and Orlando White with Poets on the Rez at Gila Community College (San Carlos, AZ)
Poet Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow at Arizona Humanities (Phoenix, AZ)
Poet J Mase III at Firecreek Coffee and NAU Hip Hop Week (Flagstaff, AZ)
Creative Writing Prompts
Each day of National Poetry Month we posted one creative writing prompt on twitter and instagram shared by our featured poets. Follow us on twitter and instagram @AZhumanities and stay tuned for future prompts.