Poetry will be celebrated in a variety of ways in Tampa Bay and around the world this year. You’ll probably find more in the list below than you can fit into your schedule.
And we have more than just “events” here. You’ll find resources that can shift your idea of what poetry is all about and resources to bring it into your life every day.
Reading Aloud is Still Allowed
Thanks to Zoom, your fellow OLLI members can share their favorite poems with you by reading them aloud. We will update this section throughout the month. Today, we invite you to enjoy….
Anne Strozier reads “Smell the Roses, Damnit!” by Robert Strozier.
Joyce Carpenter reads the Pub Scene from TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland”.
Pindie Stephen reads “Grandchild“ by Maxine Kumin.
Barbara Brown reads “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas.
Poetry and the Creative Mind
There will be a gala on April 29, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Month, The 18th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind will begin at 7:30 pm EDT. Click here for more information on the background of the gala.
“Spread the Words“ is the title of a month-long series of poetry readings at Eckerd College. Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Poetry at the Dali
Poetry at the Dali, introduced by St Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Pruitt Wallace, takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Several have been saved to YouTube, such as this one from September 10, 2020, featuring Susan Lilley (Orlando Poet Laureate), Gianna Russo (Tampa’s Wordsmith) and Peter Meinke (Florida Poet Laureate) You can still stream the April 8 live performance of Poetry at the Dali Online.
See the Dali’s YouTube channel and scroll down to Performances at the Dali for the January, February, March 2021 readings
Mouth of the Mural
The Mouth of the Mural is “an ekphrastic (i.e. visual art into words) event that unites visual, literary and performance artists with business owners in an effort to celebrate community, connection, and conversation”. Learn more about them here, and find out about their upcoming event for this month on April 26 here.
Share and Receive Poetry
Share poetry with Nation Poetry Month’s “Poem in Your Pocket” invitation.
Receive poetry with “Poem-A-Day” from Poets.org.
A few more treats:
Art and Poetry
Spoken Word Poetry in the UK
People’s Faces, Kate Tempest
My Shakespeare, Kate Tempest
Poetry in America, bringing poetry into living rooms:
A retreat for poets and writers:
May 15, Sandhill Writers Retreat 2021 (on zoom this year) – for poets and writers of fiction, nonfiction:
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