Poetry Festivals

 

These are just a few of the other poetry festivals in other parts of the country. Visit their individual websites for related information regarding tickets, dates and performers. 

MassPoetry
masspoetry.org
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is a three-day event bringing more than 1,500 poets and poetry lovers together. The festival showcases a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets, and engages the public through readings, workshops, panels, music, and visual arts. A highlight of the festival is Common Threads, a set of poems by Massachusetts poets, which are read throughout March and April by schools, colleges, public libraries, book clubs, and community poetry reading series. 

O, Miami Poetry Festival 
omiami.org
O, Miami (formerly “University of Wynwood”) is a Knight Foundation-funded organization that expands and advances literary culture in Greater Miami, FL.

They produce a month-long poetry festival that aims to bring poetry and literature to every Miami resident during the month of April. Since its founding in 2011, the festival has hosted performances by Anne Carson, Raúl Zurita, W.S. Merwin, Patti Smith, Richard Blanco, Tracy K. Smith, Thurston Moore, Kevin Young, Kay Ryan and many more. For general information, visit the O, Miami festival page, or check out Knight Foundation's report on the inaugural festival.

 

Palm Spring Poetry Festival
palmbeachpoetryfestival.org
Held annually in Delray Beach, FL, this festival features six days of reading events, craft lectures, and poetry workshops with a variety of contemporary poets. There is a focus on workshops, and there is an application process. 

Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival
slc.edu/news-events/events/poetry-festival
The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival is a weekend-long celebration held on April in Bronxville, New York, just 15 miles north of New York City. The festival offers readings, panels, a small press fair, and a launch party for LUMINA, the literary magazine of the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College. All events are free and open to the public. 

Split This Rock
splitthisrock.org 
A four day biennial festival held in Washington, DC with readings, workshops, discussions, parties, youth voices & activism. Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change. 

Sunken Garden
sunkengardenpoetry.org
Since 1992, Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival has presented major American poets in the picturesque setting of the museum’s historic garden on the 152-acre estate.  Readings run alternate Wednesdays throughout the summer and include pre-performance talks and live music. Hill-Stead Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Farmington, Connecticut.

 

Poetry Organizations


These are some of our favorite websites for finding great poems, keeping up with poetry news and upcoming events, and exploring our own writing through great prompts and workshops.

National Resources 

The Academy of American Poets
poets.org

The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the organization has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, one of the leading poetry sites online; American Poets, a biannual magazine; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and its education programs. 

Cave Canem
cavecanempoets.org

Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Programs include an annual writing retreat, two book prizes, and workshops, readings, and panels.

Kundiman
kundiman.org

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature.

Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment. 

Letras Latinas
latinostudies.nd.edu/institute-initiatives/letras-latinas/

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, enhances the visibility, appreciation, and study of Latino literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The initiative emphasizes programs that support newer voices and foster a sense of community among writers, including a blog, an oral history project, and a copublishing venture with Noemi Press.

 

The Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/poetry/

The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public's appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry position, coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences, and symposia, and sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers. 

The Poetry Foundation
poetryfoundation.org

 


University of Arizona Poetry Center
 
poetry.arizona.edu/

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is a living archive and public/private partnership that features one of the largest standalone collections of poetry in the country, including 70,000+ cataloged items and featuring many singular holdings.  Our year-round programs include the 50+ year old Reading and Lecture Series, a robust slate of k-12 educational offerings, and multiple community discussion and conversation platforms that serve our mission to advance a diverse and robust literary culture. 

The Wick Poetry Center
www.kent.edu/wick
www.travelingstanzas.com

The Wick Poetry Center promotes educational and artistic opportunities for emerging and established poets and poetry audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally. Established in 1984 by Robert and Walter Wick in memory of their sons Stan and Tom, WPC awards poetry scholarships, hosts an annual reading series, sponsors the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and an Ohio chapbook prize (published by KSU Press), and delivers outreach to area schools, hospitals, and detention centers. Wick’s interactive Traveling Stanzas project encourages people of all ages around the world to engage in a global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry.  

 


From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets
fishousepoems.org

Poets House
poetshouse.org

Poets & Writers
pw.org

Poetry Society of America
poetrysociety.org

Favorite Poem Project
favoritepoem.org/

Poetry 180
loc.gov/poetry/180/ 

PBS Newshour Poetry
pbs.org/newshour/poetry

Poems by Heart
poemsbyheart.org

WGBH Poetry Everywhere
www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere

Verse Daily
versedaily.com

Writer's Almanac
writersalmanac.publicradio.org

Your Daily Poem
yourdailypoem.com

Regional Resources

Murphy Writing Seminars
murphywriting.com

PCCC Poetry Center
pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/poetry-center

Urban Word NYC
urbanwordnyc.org