April = National Poetry Month

Now, I know that it’s not April yet, but it’s close enough! On April 5 and 6, YorkArts will be hosting a poetry celebration. Come out and celebrate! ALL WORKSHOPS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Continue reading for the schedule…


Celebrate poetry at YorkArts!
Word Works Literary Festival Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th

Saturday 1:00 PM–You are a Poet!

Discovering Poetry with Ann Brooks

Workshop for young people between the ages of 7 and 12
You are a poet! Poetry is fun! Kids participating in this fast-paced workshop will discover this is true.
The session begins with performance poetry of Ann’s original poems, followed by questions, discussion, and writing prompts for poetry.
The participants share their completed work, applaud and receive applause—and a new generation of poets is created!
2:30 PM—Poets Speak From Prison—Mary Dorm reading Poems by Poetic License and Soul Survivors, poetry by women from the State and County prisons.
Mary Dorm presents a poignant interpretation of the dreams and emotions of women who are beginning to use poetry as a means of therapy and self-expression.
3:30 PM: “Dangerous Poetry”–Yorkarts and Word Works Literary Festival present a reading by Barbara DeCesare,
York’s widely published and well-known poet, author of Jigsaweyesore, Silent Type, and the spoken word CD, Adrift. Barbara’s work inspired Dreamhouse, an off-Broadway musical production of DeCesare’s first poetry collection. According to editor Karen Alenier: “DeCesare lobs thunderbolts into the crowd.”
“Barbara DeCesare’s jigsaweyesore shows what thunder looks like in writing… This is dangerous poetry. Wear a cup.” says Matthew M. McDermott of the Baltimore Sun.
4:00 – 5:10 –Barbara DeCesare– This Is Not a Pipe: Muse Abuse through Surrealism
This short workshop will offer an exciting kick-start for your poems or push you out of a writing slump. Need new ideas? The Surrealist parlor games we’ll play can help reinvent the way you see the world and your writing. This workshop is a blast, even for non-writers.
7:30 PM—POETRY BREW, hosted by Rich Hemmings with Debberae Street. Featured readers are Joe Weil, an American poet “renowned for his humor, story telling and eloquence,” according to Wikipedia. His poetry has been published in magazines like Ploughshares and The Paterson Literary Review and heard over National Public Radio. He has published a book of poems, In Praise We Enter.
Featuring with Joe is York’s own Melissa Carl, author of Proof, her first collection of poetry. Melissa has been published in Fledgling Rag, and is first-prize winner of this year’s Writer’s Eye Contest sponsored by Yorkarts.
Open readings follow.
Refreshments are available throughout the Poetry Brew readings.

Sunday April 6th:


12:00 -1:00—Lunch with the Laureates. Join Gerry Meisenhelder, first poet laureate of York, and Carol Clark Williams, first female poet laureate of York,
for brunch and conversation at Yorkarts, 10 North Beaver Street, York.

1:00 PM Reading by York’s First Poet Laureate, Gerry Meisenhelder
. Philosopher, artist, poet, Gerry’s books reflect his deep attention to ethics and emotions that shape one’s life. His love poems are heartfelt and captivating. His study of mankind is set forth in gentle, reflective language that resonates in the reader’s memory.
1:30 PM –-Who’s Writing Sonnets? YOU am! and Iamb!
Workshop with Carol Clark Williams, a crash course designed to prove that you are a brilliant writer of at least one version of the sonnet. Yes, you can do it. We’ll look at the iamb, the heartbeat of metered poetry, and arrange our thoughts in a 14-line rhymed masterpiece. You will walk away from this workshop as the author of a Shakespearean sonnet
…although you will probably want to stay and present your sonnet at the next and final Word Works event:
3:00 Revisions Critique Group—Smooth out ALL the wrinkles in your newborn poem– York’s poetry critique is an inviting exploration of your verse. Participants discuss each other’s work with attention to theme, style, line breaks, diction, and suggestions for titles. Comments are gentle, but also challenging. Many award winners have been polished and perfected in this workshop.
ALL WORKSHOPS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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One Response to April = National Poetry Month

  1. Seth Black says:

    I heard about this last week, and I am sooooo excited to go!

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