We tend to have a lot of marathons in Boston. Hope you can make it out for the 11th Boston National Poetry Month Festival! (I am this year’s closer!)
Read my article from Poets & Writers about the marathon.
Saturday April 9, 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Open Mike: 1:30-3:30
Sunday, April 10, 1:10 to 4:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library main branch, Copley Square
Contact Tapestry of Voices: 617-306-9484
Now in its 11th successful year! 56 major and emerging poets read their works in 10-minute blocks.
Featuring six extraordinarily talented prize-winning high school students from Boston Latin High School; Boston Arts Academy. These student stars will open the festival at 10 a.m. Sam Cornish, Boston’s current and first poet laureate, will open the formal part of the festival at 11 a.m. 55 additional major and emerging poets will follow with a Poetry Marathon!
Some of the many luminaries include Sam Cornish, Diana Der Hovanessian, Rhina P. Espaillat, Richard Wollman, Jennifer Barber, Alfred Nicol, Doug Holder, Charles Coe, Kathleen Spivack, Ryk Mcintyre, January O’Neil , Regie O’Gibson, Kate Finnegan (Kaji Aso Studio), Susan Donnelly, Jack Scully, Renee Schwiesow, Chad Parenteau, Sandee Story, Tomas O’Leary, CD Collins, Marc Goldfinger, Gloria Mindock, Tim Gager, Diana Saenz, Stuart Peterfreund, Valerie Lawson, Michael Brown, Mignon Ariel King, Tom Daley, Molly Lynn Watt, Ifeanyi Menkiti, Mark Pawlak, Lainie Senechal, Harris Gardner, Joanna Nealon, Walter Howard, Susan Donnelly, Irene Koronas, Fred Marchant, Robert K. Johnson, and a plethora of prize-winning poets.
This festival has it all: published poets, celebrities, numerous prize winners, student participation, open mike. Even more, it is about community, neighborhoods, diversity, Boston, and Massachusetts. This popular tradition is one of the largest events in Boston’s contribution to National Poetry Month. Free admission!
Co-sponsored by Tapestry of Voices and Kaji Aso studio in partnership with the Boston Public Library.
Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices available. To request a sign language interpreter, or for other special needs, call 617-536-7855(tty) at least two weeks before the program date.