New York State of Poetry

Join us in a celebration of poetry in New York!

Sunday, April 14 to Saturday, April 20, 2024

 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, 2021-2023 New York State Poet Laureate Willie Perdomo is partnering with Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) to launch the New York State of Poetry week. Organizations throughout the Empire State will offer poetry activities and events throughout the week of April 14-20, 2024. The goal of the campaign is to celebrate the diverse and powerful voices across our state and the transformative power of poetry.

As a highlight of the week, T&W will name the 2024-2025 NYS Youth Poet Laureate at a special reception on April 18th in New York City. 

A list of events will be shared here and on social media @teacherswriters #nystateofpoetry. 

This program is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Inc.

Read the NY State of Poetry press release.

JOIN US!

Are you leading or hosting a poetry activity in New York during or around the week of April 14-20?  Join the movement by sharing your poetry event on social media with the hashtag #nystateofpoetry!  If you'd like us to help you promote your event, contact us to let us know.

 

Willie PerdomoAbout Willie Perdomo

Smoking Lovely: The Remix (2021, Haymarket Books), The Crazy Bunch (2019, Penguin), The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (2014, Penguin), and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (1996, Norton). Winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award, and a PEN Open Book Award, Perdomo was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. He is co-editor of the anthology Latínext (2020), and his work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, the Washington Post, African Voices, and The Best American Poetry 2019. He teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy and was appointed State Poet of New York from 2021-2023. For more information on Willie Perdomo, please visit willieperdomo.com.

New York State of Poetry Events

More events will be added leading up to the week of April 14-20th.  Check again for updates!

NYSP Celebration

New York State of Poetry Celebration and Reading

April 18 @ 6-8pm

Hosted by Girls Write Now
247 W 37th St #1000, New York, NY 10018

Join us for a celebration of the New York State of Poetry with a reception and readings.  We'll also be announcing the 2024-25 New York State Youth Poet Laureate!

Featuring:
Willie Perdomo, 2021-2023 NY State Poet Laureate
Stephanie Pacheco, 2023-2024 NY State Youth Poet Laureate

Remarks:
Ricardo Maldonado, Executive Director, The Academy of American Poets

Refreshments will be served. This is event is free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended.

Poem Village, Saranac Lake

April 6 - May 15

Poem Village

Event info: Adirondack Center for Writing

Poem Village is an annual, village-wide beautification project that gives writers a chance to publish their work and reach audiences of passersby, visitors, and Saranac Lake locals. Poems will be displayed publicly in Saranac Lake, Malone and Canton/Potsdam areas from April 15th - May 19th.

Writers & Books - Master Class on the Blues

April 6 @ 1:30 - 3pm

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Event info

You’re invited to deepen your knowledge of the literary, aural, and oral legacy of the blues. In this generative session, you will engage with teaching artist Doug Curry’s and other practitioners’ blues poems and songs, listen to recorded examples, discuss and interpret the overt and subliminal messages inherent in this time-honored tradition, and enjoy contributing original lines to an impromptu group blues poem.

Poetry & Liberation Workshop with Stephanie Pacheco at CCCADI's Sou Sou! Saturdays

April 6 @ 4:30 - 6p

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute 120 East 125th Street, New York, NY, 10035

Event info

The April installment of CCCADI’s family art-based education program, Sou Sou! Saturdays celebrates the written and spoken word in the spirit of National Poetry Month with traditional Haitian call-and-response storytelling, Krik-Krak! Activities begin at 12pm. NYS Youth Poet Laureate, Stephanie Pacheco, will lead a "Poetry & Liberation" writing workshop at 4pm. Registration is recommended.

Random Acts of Poetry - Poetry Writing Workshop with Saratoga Springs Poet Laureate Joseph Bruchac, PhD

April 13 @ 3:00 pm

Random Acts of Poetry - Flyer

Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Community Room

Event Info

Saratoga Springs poet laureate Joseph Bruchac for a generative poetry writing workshop at the Ballston Spa Public Library. Joseph Bruchac is a writer, musician, and traditional storyteller who lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. He is the author of more than 120 books for adults and children, including Tell Me a Tale: A Book About Storytelling (1997); The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story (1993); Keepers of the Earth (1988), which he coauthored with Michael Caduto; his autobiography, Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself (1997); and novels for young readers such as Dawn Land (1993) and The Heart of a Chief (1998).

This event is part of "Random Acts of Poetry" - a celebration of poetry in Ballston Spa.  30 of the local businesses are partnering to give out free poem scrolls all month and will display poems about their businesses and in their windows. Even Village Hall has a poem!  There will be an Open Mic night on April 17th at The Real McCoy Beer Company and a performance on April 27th at Brookside MuseumClick here for a flyer of activities.
 
 

It's a "Shore" Thing! Poetry Festival at the Long Beach Public Library

April 14 @ 1:15pm

It's a Shore Thing Poetry Festival

Long Beach Public Library, 111 Park Avenue Long Beach, New York

Event Info

This two day event includes poetry workshops on April 14 beginning at 1:15pm with Paula Curci, Nassau County Poet Laureate, and certified Journal to the Self ™ writing instructor. She will inaugurate the Poetry Festivals' writing series with a prompted free verse writing workshop at 1:15pm. Paula Curci, will also welcome patrons at 10 am on April 13th. She along with Nassau County Poet Laureate Peter V. Dugan, 2017-2019, and the Shore Poets, have planned day of poetry circles, information tables, and curated poetry readings all day culminating with an open mic. This program is in part underwritten by Paula Curci's Acoustic Poets Network ™ Visitation Project and is in part funded Poets & Writers and the New York State Council of the Arts, and the Long Beach Public Library.

Poetry & Conversation with Patricia Spears Jones, Peter Covino, & E.J. Antonio

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Event info

Join HVWC in person for poetry and conversation with NY State Poet Laureate Patricia Spears Jones, Peter Covino, & E.J. Antonio. The event will include a generative writing activity for participants.

Common Ground - Workshop & Reading

April 17 @ 4pm

Jeanne & Jay Benet Alumni Lounge, Binghamton Center for Writers, Binghamton University – State University of New York, Library North, 1149 Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Event info

Join Common Ground for a generative writing workshop followed by a reading by graduating creative writing students at Binghamton University. Common Ground is a reading series devoted to the creative work of graduate and undergraduate students at SUNY Binghamton. Our goal is to engage the widest spectrum of the Binghamton student writing community as we gather in solidarity and share poetry and prose in a safe and welcoming environment.

Poetry & Liberation Workshop with Stephanie Pacheco at El Barrio's Artspace PS109

April 17 @ 6:30 - 8pm

Poetry & Liberation Workshop

El Barrio's Artspace PS109, 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029

Bring your imaginations to this "Poetry & Liberation" writing workshop led by NYS Youth Poet Laureate Stephanic Pacheco. In this workshop, you will participate in activities that explore how the written and spoken word combine wi the radical act of dreaming in order to envision and take action towards a just world.

Todavía deseando / Still Wishin’ - East Harlem Poets Collective Celebration & Reading

April 19 @ 4-5pm

Still Wishin' - poetry reading with the East Harlem Poets Collective

El Barrio's Artspace PS109, 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029

Join poets Alba Delia Hernández, Willie Perdomo and students of the East Harlem Poets Collective for a celebration and reading at El Barrio's Artspace PS 109.  The East Harlem Poets Collective is a collaboration between T&W and Willie Perdomo, through the Academy of American Poets' Poet Laureate Fellowship, with the goal of nurturing the next generation of poet leaders.  We joined with Union Settlement's after school program at Esperanza Preparatory Academy to offer poetry workshops to middle school students. This event is a celebration of that work and will feature some of the students reading their poetry.

The Poetics of Well-Being: Writing "Happy" Poems with Elle Bader-Gregory

April 20 @ 1pm - 2:30pm

Writing Happy Poems - Youth Writing Workshop at Just Buffalo

Virtual via Zoom - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Event info

Young writers are invited to "The Poetics of Well-Being," a poetry writing workshop with poet Elle Bader-Gregory and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Challenging the archetype of "tortured artist," this virtual workshop focuses on writing from a place of well-being. How do you define ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ poetry? Can ‘happy’ poems be serious? What place does sadness have in ‘happy’ poetry? How can happiness be an exciting additive force for freewriting? What does it mean to write from well-being? Participants will read and discuss some well-loved ‘happy’ poems, create and share prompts, and use the framework of happiness for freewriting, generating new ideas, and sharing our work. Youth Writing Workshops at the JBWC are FREE and aimed at young students aged 12–18.

This is an online workshop - register at this link.

 

Poetry Reading & Writing with Georgia Popoff

April 20 @ 2pm

Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple Street, Marcellus, NY 13108

Event info

Write with Onondaga County poet laureate Georgia Popoff! Georgia Popoff will read her own work and lead participants in a writing exercise. Georgia A. Popoff is a writer, editor, arts-in-education specialist, and a program coordinator for the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center, where she teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. Her fourth collection of poetry, Psychometry, was released in late 2019 by Tiger Bark Press, and was a finalist for Utica College’s Eugene Nassar Poetry Prize and the CNY Book Award for Poetry. Her fifth collection, Living with Haints, is forthcoming in 2024. In 2022, Georgia was named Poet Laureate of Onondaga County for a 2-year term of service. She is the series editor for the University of Michigan Press Under Discussion book series on contemporary poets.