National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

World renowned poets grace the Library’s stages

April is National Poetry Month and the San Francisco Public Library has scheduled abundant programs to entice the entire community. From readings by world renowned poets to films about national poets laureate, from poems in your pocket to blackout poetry crafts, the Library has something for everyone in honor of National Poetry Month.

As San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck writes:

People ask me why poetry?
In this tense time we see larger audiences
People are not just buying more books at more small bookstores
They are coming to feel the poems in person
The way they rattle, as sound through the nouns of our bodies
If you already know why, come to an event
If you don't know, come feel what it's about.

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public.

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National Poetry Month Events at the Main Library

Poetry in Song Concert
April 2, 6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room. Singers perform art-song arrangements of poetry from around the world.
World Literature Book Club: Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.
April 4, 6 p.m., Paley Room—3rd Floor.
Celebrating Maya Angelou.
April 9, 6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room. SF’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a program devoted to the iconic poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
Poets on Film: Rita Dove & Billy Collins. 
April 11, 3 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room.
Poem Jam.
April 11, 6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic RoomPoetry reading with SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, the Lowell Poetry Club and special guests.
Open Mic Poetry. 
April 19, 2 p.m., Talking Books and Braille CenterCall 415-557-4253 to sign up.
Forum Magazine Celebrates National Poetry Month
April 24, 5:30 p.m., LatinoHispanic Room.
Tongo Eisen-Martin: The Price of the Ticket. 
April 25, 6 p.m., Koret AuditoriumPoet Tongo Eisen-Martin and Friends.
Poet Rozalie Hirs: Work in Stuttering.
 April 27, 12 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room. Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs presents on poetry and the creative process.
Evening of South Asian-American Poetry. 
April 30, 5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room. With Athena Kashyap, Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand.