March 21st is World Poetry Day!

worldpoetrydayEvery year UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrates March 21st as World Poetry Day. UNESCO adopted March 21st as World Poetry Day during their 30th session in Paris back in 1999. It’s been celebrated each year since.

The goal of World Poetry Day is “to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. Moreover, this Day is meant to support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote teaching poetry, restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music, painting and so on, support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art but one.”

Issa Poetry truly is a universal language and art form and goes far beyond any single language and culture. There is such wonderful poetry to be found from around the world be it English, Urdu, Hindi, Japanese or whatever. The rich diversity of language and culture is what makes reading poetry such a profound experience. To celebrate World Poetry Day this year, I’ve decided to step out and read the works of a variety of poets from around the world. Fortunately, I don’t have to be able to read their native tongues as many great works have been translated into English. May I suggest you do likewise? Put down the Frost, Dickinson or Shakespeare and read some Omar Khayyam, Jean Cocteau or Kobayashi Issa. Celebrate the true spirit of World Poetry Day!

You can learn more about World Poetry Day and how you can participate by visiting the UN’s World Poetry Day page. The Hindu Business Line website also published this interesting take on World Poetry Day. It’s definitely worth the read.

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Highly Subjective Lists of Favorite SoCal Poetry Venues

poetixI found this list on the Poetix website today. I’ve written about Poetix before on this blog and it’s continues to be a great resource for the poetry community in Southern California where I reside. If you live in SoCal or are a visitor and looking for a poetry venue to visit, G. Murray Thomas and Terry McCarty provide their takes on their favorite SoCal poetry venues. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy close to you.

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Poets.org Events Calendar

eventcalendarIf you’re looking for a poetry-related event in your region or are looking to publicize your group’s event, the Events Calendar at Poets.org is a great tool. The calendar allows you to search the large Poets.org database of events by state, date range or keyword. It’s a great way to quickly find poetry events in your area.

If you or your group has an event you would like on the calendar, you can submit the details by clicking the ‘Submit an Event’ link on the left. Fill out all the relevant information and provide contact details, click the submit button and you’re good to go. It’s a great resource for those looking to find or promote poetry-related events.

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Poetry Flash – Building Community Through Literature

Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West builds community through literature, providing literary writing, access to literary activities, information, and inspiration to writers and the public through publishing and events. Publication is their primary expression, both online and in print. Now celebrating 40 years!

Poetry Flash publishes reviews of poetry and literary fiction, poems, interviews, essays, and submission and award information for all creative writers—poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, online and in print. Poetry Flash also features an extensive listing of literary events in the West, especially comprehensive online. The all-genre, online literary calendar, divided geographically, provides readers with an in-depth portrait of events all over California, the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon), and the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), with a representative sampling of other national and international events, conferences and festivals. Featuring event highlights that direct readers to the online calendar, Poetry Flash is published as a junior tab newspaper in editions of 22,000, on the “free paper” model, serving a maximum audience by maintaining the largest circulation possible. Production and distribution are supported by advertising, subscriptions, grants, and donations. Poetryflash.org hits 19,500 visits per month; the online events calendar is frequently updated.

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Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at The Ugly Mug

The Poetry Idiots present a reading by slam poet Rich Boucher on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, 8:00 PM at The Ugly Mug, 261 North Glassell Avenue, Orange, CA. An open mic follows for three poems in five minutes or five poems in three minutes. Cost is free. For more info on this and other events, visit poetryidiots.com.

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One-Day Poetry Workshop with Poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal

Plein Air Poetry – enjoy a one-day poetry workshop May 5, 2012 with poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal at beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Write poetry outdoors, this workshop is open to all levels but enrollment is limited. For more information visit The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. To register call 760-367-5535 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), or email desertinstitute @ zippnet.net. Fee: $60

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April is National Poetry Month – No April Fools!

Yep, that’s right! April is National Poetry Month. Who knew they had a whole month dedicated to just poetry! Well, now you do. You can find out all you care to know about National Poetry Month at the Academy of American Poets web site. So why not make a point of reading more poetry this month, maybe even try your hand at writing your own poems!

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April is National Poetry Month!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Find out more about National Poetry Month by visiting the POETS.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets

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Poetry.LA has it’s finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles poetry community.

I recently stumbled upon the Poetry.LA website while Googling for poetry events in southern California. I was immediately captivated by this creation of Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg. Rather than attempt to summarize what they’ve done on their site, I’ll let them tell you. The following is taken from the Poetry.LA Facebook page:

Poetry.LA is an online video showcase featuring established and emerging poets videotaped at various venues throughout Southern California. It’s an up close look at a variety of poetic voices, including interviews with poets and publishers. The venues where poetry readings are held are also spotlighted.

Started in 2007 by Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg, www.Poetry.LA posts videos of established and emerging poets recorded at many So. Cal. venues. It also runs video interviews with members of the L.A. poetry community.

You can learn more about this great resource at http://www.poetry.la/ and follow them on Facebook, if you like. You’ll find a multitude of talented established and emerging poets as well as information about poetry events in SoCal and more. They even have their own YouTube channel! Check it out!

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Poetry Reading by Poet Laureate Billy Collins – Feb 9th, 7 PM – Carlsbad, CA

Billy Collins was appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-2003. The New York Times dubbed Collins, “The most popular poet in America,” and he was the first annual recipient of Poetry Magazine’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry.  Details here:  http://events.orangecounty.com/carlsbad-ca/events/show/236717064-poetry-reading-with-poet-laureate-billy-collins

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