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National Poetry Month

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.  All programs and workshops are free and open to the public.

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”

– Rita Dove

2017 National Poetry Month Programs

Tuesday, April 4th – Ken Lamberton
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Copper Queen Library – Bisbee, AZ

Saturday, April 8th – Sacred Journeys: A Mobile Poetry Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Arizona Humanities – Phoenix, AZ 

Thursday, April 13th – Poets Logan Phillips and Roanna Shebala
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Gila Community College San Carlos Campus – San Carlos, AZ
In partnership with Poets on the Rez

Saturday, April 15th – Annual Spoken Futures Showcase with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
University of Arizona, Student Union Gallagher Theater – Tucson, AZ
Funded in part by Arizona Humanities

Thursday, April 27th – Hop, Skip and Jump into Poetry at Mountain View Elementary
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View School – Peoria, AZ


Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe at Gila Community College San Carlos Campus, 2016

Past National Poetry Month Programs


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.

2016 Poetry Prompts


Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager 

602-257-0335 x26 or ehutchison@azhumanities.org