Spring is in the air and poetry is everywhere, specifically at a library location near you. Celebrate National Poetry Month with more than 20 programs in neighborhood branch libraries dedicated to poetry’s vital place in American culture.
Special guests include local poet and activist Tony Robles with Bay Area poets Jacqueline Scott Ramos, Delina Patrice Brooks, and Kim Shuck at the Main Library and a poetry series at Presidio Branch with Jerry Ferraz and Jane Rades. Don your wordsmithing hat at an acrostic poetry event at Portola Branch, attend an Open Mic session at Mission, and “name that poem” during a contest in the Main. Test your memory with a poetry recital at Ingleside, and bring the family to Bernal Branch’s PoeTree in the Children’s Room to help grow a river of words. Additional events include film screenings of Dead Poets Society, An Angel at My Table and Bright Star and a World Literature Book Club discussion of Eugene Onegin.
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and over the years it has become the largest literary celebration in the world.
View all of our National Poetry Month programs (PDF).