Poetry Month 2018

Poet A Day Project: Micro-residencies at Strand

In partnership for Poetry Month, Strand Book Store and The Poetry Society of New York are teaming up to present: The Poet-A-Day Project: Micro-residencies at Strand Book Store.

What is a micro-residency?

We thought you’d never ask. For 30 days (April 1 through 30), 30 poets will be setting up shop on Strand’s main floor from 1pm to 3pm daily, seeking inspiration from the stories in the stacks, having conversations with customers and from time to time writing personalized pieces for lucky passerbyers.The invited poets have submitted micro-applications consisting of one poem and one sentence about why they would like to participate. We are excited to host micro-residents including New Yorker Poetry Editor & Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, National Book Award for Poetry Finalist & Pulitzer Prize nominee Cornelius Eady and Guggenheim Fellow for Creative Arts & Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner Matthea Harvey.

Paul Muldoon
Cornelius Eady
Matthea Harvey

The mission of this program is to carve out that small window of time for working poets and to shine a little light on what it means to be a contemporary poet at work.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the day’s resident poet and look out for our One Line at a Time series.

The Poetry Society of New York is a non-profit organization for the exaltation of the city’s literary community working to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in new and mysterious ways. Together, with Strand’s 90 years of literary chops, we are excited to join forces yet again in bringing innovative and exciting poetic programming to New York City.

Poetry Month Events

Monday April 2: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

National Poetry Month Kickoff

April is National Poetry Month, a time spent dedicated to the importance of the art of the written word. As one of the largest literary celebrations in the world it's encouraging and uplifting to see tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarian, booksellers, and more coming together to cherish the importance poetry has on our culture and our lives.

Join us as poets Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and Sarah Kay inaugurate National Poetry Month and celebrate the launch of their new books!

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Friday April 6: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One

Amanda Lovelace celebrated her author debut in 2016 with her book the princess saves herself in this one; now she's back with her sequel the witch doesn't burn in this one!

This new work tells the tale of the witch: strong, solitary, and now—indestructible. These powerful, relatable poems encourage resilience and fortify women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Amanda will be commemorating her new work with fellow poet Courtney Peppernell. Join us in the Second Floor Art Department for this poetic gathering!

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Thursday April 12: 4:00PM – 5:00PM

America Scores NY: Kids' Poetry Reading

America SCORES NY will launch the organization's first ever poetry book on Thursday April 12 at the historic Strand Bookstore in Manhattan where some of the young 'poet-athletes' who feature in this new publication will gather for a recital of their work and a celebration of National Poetry Month.

Through a combination of soccer, poetry and service learning, our unique after-school program shines a spotlight on these poet-athletes, helping them develop the skills necessary to lead successful lives off the field and outside the classroom.

America SCORES New York serves as a driving force in promoting sportsmanship, self-expression, commitment and teamwork for youth in under resourced communities in New York City.

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