Ever considered what kites, frogs, humor or math education might have in common with poetry? Or what poetry has in common with gardening, organ donation and child abuse prevention?
It’s the month of April—dubbed the “national month” for each of the above. In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m pleased to share some ways you can join in the celebration.
The ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is featuring student, faculty and alumni poets from their MFA program in creative writing at various events and poetry readings this month—including the following:
- Tempe Poetry in April. Poetry readings every Wed. at 7pm at Tempe Center for the Arts. April 21: Kathleen Winter. April 28: T.R. Hummer
- PVCC Visiting Writer Lecture Series. Mon., April 26, at 2pm at the Paradise Valley Community College Library
Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts presents “High Notes” with PVCC faculty members Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley (poet) and Dr. Christopher Scinto (chair of their division of fine and performing arts).
The event takes place Thurs., April 22 at PVCC’s Studio Theater—and features a book launch/signing, poetry reading and opera preview (including five musical selections). Admission is free, but reservations are recommended because seating is limited.
Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, a member of Local First Arizona, holds a poetry roundtable each month where folks can workshop one of their original poems for their peers. The next event takes place Mon., April 12.
A poetry workshop titled “Estranging the Lyric” comes to Changing Hands on Thurs., April 29 at 7pm. It features Cynthia Hogue, poet and professor of English at Arizona State University, exploring “ways to make a poem’s speaker new and strange.”
Three more poetry-related items of interest…
- The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife at Scottsdale Community College is holding a poetry and photography contest to celebrate Earth Day—and accepting entries through Thurs., April 15
- Borders is offering 20% off selected poetry at Borders.com through May 3
- Elizabeth Andronic, a sophomore at Centennial High School in Peoria, recently won the 5th annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals and travels to Washington, D.C. later this month to participate in the national POL competition (where the winner will earn a $20,000 college scholarship)
Don’t overlook the obvious. Reading and writing poetry is every bit as lovely as other means of celebration.
We’ve long had a basket of poetry books for leisurely lingering over the loveliness of language.
No home should be without one…
Note: If your arts organization is offering a family-friendly event in the Valley this weekend, please let me know. I’m always looking for unique theater, dance, music, film, visual arts and poetry events for my weekly Friday arts roundup.