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. 


Jax Poetry Fest


Jax Poetry Fest is an annual event produced by the North Florida nonprofit Hope at Hand. Every April, in celebration of National Poetry Month, Jax Poetry Fest works to inspire community-based poetry projects and spark a love for language in North Florida. Spoken word performances, poetry slams, youth poetry contests, and workshops are offered throughout the month of April at no cost to the public. 

Mass Poetry
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 with nearly 100 readings, workshops, panels, music, and visual arts and a small press fair. 

O, Miami Poetry Festival 
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
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

Since 2003, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival has presented emerging and established poets from across the country alongside current Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate student readers. Their mission is to bring a wide array of contemporary poetic voices to campus, and to celebrate the vibrancy and essentiality of the art form. The weekend is centered on creating community with visiting poets, students, and residents of the greater New York City area, and facilitating access to educational resources for writers of all ages and backgrounds. The event offers readings, craft talks, generative workshops, multimedia programming, and shared meals.

This event is free and open to the public. All community members are welcome to join in celebration. For updates, schedule announcements, and fundraising event information, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Split This Rock
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 Poetry Festival

For over 25 years, Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival has presented renowned poets in the picturesque setting of the museum’s historic garden on the 152-acre estate. Readings run over three Wednesdays and two Sundays throughout the summer and include Prelude Interviews, writing workshops and live music. Hill-Stead Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Farmignton, 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

The Academy of American Poets is our nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry. Founded in 1934, the organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; the popular Poem-a-Day series; American Poets magazine; Teach This Poem and other resources for K-12 educators; an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and awards more funds to poets than any other organization. It also coordinates and supports the work of a national Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Cave Canem

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 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

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

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

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in American culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs.

University of Arizona Poetry Center

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 80,000+ 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

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 project encourages people of all ages around the world to engage in a global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry.  


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