National Poetry Month
Poetry Month April 2018

National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library by finding books from your favorite poets, attending readings in the branches, taking part in writing workshops and stopping by a new exhibit at the Main Library featuring striking photos of local poets alongside their work.

Enjoy new Poet Laureate Kim Shuck’s wit and wisdom as she celebrates the launch of Endangered Species, Enduring Values, an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork from Bay Area creators. Attend her workshops for children and teens and hear her and other writers speak at a baseball themed poetry jam.

April Poetry Programs & Exhibits

Exhibit: Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets
Through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery
Tending the Fire: Native Voices & Portraits
April 1, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
Christopher Felver and friends present their new book.
OWL: Older Writers Laboratory
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10 a.m., Bernal HeightsBranch
A weekly poetry writing group.  Newcomers are welcome!
Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin
April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Room
Lao-Tzu's Tao-Te Ching and Infusions by poets Clara Hsu and Greg Pond with Guqin master David Wong.
Tuesdays at North Beach: Poetry Readings
April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 6:30 p.m., North Beach Branch
Held every Tuesday evening in the historic literary epicenter of San Francisco, Tuesdays at North Beach is a free poetry series celebrating internationally acclaimed poets and showcasing local talent. Presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Youth Speaks Turn UP (The Volume!)
April 5, 12, 19, 24 & 26, 4:30 p.m., Main Library, The Mix
Poet Mentor Frak teaches teens (13-18) how to speak truth to power and the Youth Speaks method.
World Literature Book Club
April 5 & 6, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room, 3rd Fl.
Discuss Kenneth Patchen’s The Journal of Albion Moonlight.
Endangered Species, Enduring Values
April 8, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
An exhibition celebrating poetry with portraits of local and national poets. 
Sunday Matinee: Tom and Viv
April 8, 2 p.m., Anza Branch
A period drama that tells the story of T.S. Eliot and his first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot and their tumultuous marriage.
Teen Movie: Dead Poets Society
April 10, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch
On the Page, Off the Page
April 10, 7 p.m., Park Branch
An open mic for poetry and music. Refreshments provided.
San Bruno Mountain: Endangered Habitat
April 11, 7 p.m., Sunset Branch
David Schooley, the Bay Area's lifelong campaigner for San Bruno Mountain, shares his photography, poems and artwork.
Thursdays en La Misión
April 12, 5 p.m., Mission Branch
A monthly poetry series celebrating the Latinidad of the Latino Cultural District, presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Poetry in Song
April 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Room
Singers present musical settings of poetry from around the world.
Acrostic Poem Fun!
April 13, 3 p.m., Portola Branch
Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating your own acrostic poem.
T(w)een Poet-tea
April 17, 4:30 p.m., Anza Branch
6- 12th graders: Sip tea and share some poetry
DIY Magnetic Poetry
April 18, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch
Create your own personalized magnetic poetry set.
A Carnival of Poems
April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Room
Celebrate National Poetry Month with San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Literary Journal
A Fool for Poetry with Kim Shuck
April 4, 3 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
April 10, 3:30 p.m., Richmond
April 22, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights
A reading and writing workshop for kids with San Francisco’s new Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck.
The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
April 24, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Rooms
An event featuring regional authors reading from their nominated works in various genres.
СТИХИ И ПРОЗА/Poems and Verses
April 24, 6 p.m., Richmond Branch
A literary club at for Russian writers.
Blackout Poetry
April 25, 6:30 p.m., Presidio
An evening of poetry and crafting with blackout poetry (poems created from existing text by coloring over words until only the desired words are visible).
Name that Poem of Protest
April 27, 2 p.m., Main Library, Library for the Blind
Listen to snippets of poetry covering themes of resistance, empowerment and hope and then guess the name of the poem and poet.
Poets on 16mm Film
April 28 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Room
Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, James Weldon Johnson and Lawson Fusao Inada on 16mm film.
Philippine American Writers and Artists
April 29, 12 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Giovanni Ortega, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Tony Robles and Janice Lobo Sapigao read from their  work.
Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry
April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
Join San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and others for a poetry jam.

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