Monday, February 23, 2015

Mark thy calendar …

What Is Philly Poetry Day?

People say you can attend a poetry reading
almost every day in the Philadelphia area.
There is a lot of poetry in Philadelphia.
Philly Poetry Day is a chance for all poets
to show their stuff – to demonstrate how much
poetry there is in Philadelphia.
It is also an attempt to bring poetry
to a larger and not typical audience.
The idea is that on Saturday, April 18, 2015,
from 12 AM to12 PM, poetry will be everywhere.

How can you participate?

If you are a poetry organization that normally programs
readings, we are inviting you to create an event for that day.

We are also inviting any poets, anyone really,
to create a poetry reading for that day: at your school,
community center, local library or bookstore, cafes,
living room, etcetera.

We also strongly recommend creating a
reading in a space where poetry readings
are not normally held (with permission). Any space
with a built-in audience. In this way, poetry will
pop-up all over the Philadelphia area. Drugstores,
parks, street corners, porches, any place you can think of.
We have had poetry readings on railroad bridges,
pizza parlors, subways, etcetera.
All ideas and events are welcome.

What do you have to do?

Create an event.

List name of organization,
names of participating poets.
2-line description of event,
time and location of event
(remember the date is
April 18, 2015).
Email information to:
Leonard Gontarek,

Everyone is welcome
and we need everyone to participate.

Last year there were 36 events,
we hope to reach 72+ events this year.

A few highlights from last year:

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