Happy National Poetry Month, everyone! For the last eight years I have posted poetry on my blog (not usually mine, but occasionally mine) in honor of this month-long celebration of such an important literary art form. I will still try to post every day this year, but I’m going to mix things up a bit, like I sometimes like to do, and some days I will post a poem, and some days I will post a poetry prompt, and some days I will post something else poetry related.
Today, I’m letting you know about a few lovely upcoming poetry opportunities. First, there are two readings happening soon that you might enjoy.
The first is this Saturday at the Friendswood Public Library at 11:00 a.m. (central time). I’ll be the featured reader and will read for about fifteen minutes, after which there will be an open mic poetry reading. If you can come out to Friendswood, awesome! The address is 416 S. Friendswood Drive. And if you cannot come out there in person, that’s okay! This hybrid event is also going to be broadcast live on Zoom. Yay! So if you live outside of Houston (or its suburb Friendswood) or just can’t bilocate, then you can Zoom in, and I would love it if you did.
Friendswood Poets Meeting featuring Angélique Jamail
April 2, 2022 11:00 AM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting one of three ways:
- Click on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84598674221?pwd=dGRlNm5jbENzckVEVm5hRFhzVjJWdz09
- Or go to www.zoom.com and click on Join A Meeting then enter meeting ID and passcode
- Meeting ID: 845 9867 4221
- Or phone in by dialing +1 346 248 7799 and then enter the meeting ID and passcode.
Meeting ID: 845 9867 4221
And then on Thursday, April 14th, at 7:00 p.m. (central time), we’re having another Mutable Hour reading. This reading will be entirely on Zoom and should also last no more than an hour. We have an excellent slate of poets that night! Zoom in to see and hear Carol Louise Munn, Stella Brice, Charlie Scott, Adam Holt, Dru Watkins, Joshua Barton, Aliah Lavonne Tigh, Christopher Miguel Flakus, and Autumn Hayes. (I will be the emcee.)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link and password and other useful information.
And if you yourself write poetry and would like to have your poems considered for Mutabilis Press’ new anthology, we are open for submissions! The title of the new book is Chaos Dive Reunion, and here is the submission call:
Chaos has been defined as complete disorder and confusion, and the last few years have gifted us with an abundance of chaos in a variety of ways. But we know from our familiarity with life cycles in all their forms that such interesting times also breed creation and renewal, if we only open ourselves to them. As the world negotiates the push and pull of finding new ways to be, we at Mutabilis Press have also looked for new ways to express ourselves, new voices to lift up, new perspectives on this chaos we’re learning to work with.
Where has your poetry taken you?
After a hiatus, we have embarked on a new project: a poetry anthology that pays homage to our history as a press, but one that invites further understanding, that creates new connections, that welcomes your writing in a myriad of expressions. We’re diving into the chaos, finding each other, laughing through the stress, and coming out of it with something greater than before.
Finally, I’d also like to share with you the past eight years’ worth of National Poetry Month series starters. Just follow the links below to read the poems I’ve featured in the past! (And then, of course, follow the links at the bottom of each post to move through each year’s series.)
April 2021 — https://sapphostorque.com/2021/04/01/poem-a-day-2021-day-1-mary-oliver/
April 2020 — https://sapphostorque.com/2020/04/01/poem-a-day-me-but-also-all-of-us/
April 2019 — https://sapphostorque.com/2019/04/01/poem-a-day-2019-mary-oliver/
April 2018 — https://sapphostorque.com/2018/04/01/poem-a-day-robin-reagler/
April 2017 — https://sapphostorque.com/2017/04/01/poem-a-day-paula-billups/
April 2016 — https://sapphostorque.com/2016/04/01/national-poetry-month-day-1/
April 2015 — https://sapphostorque.com/2015/04/01/women-writers-wednesday-4115/
April 2014 — https://sapphostorque.com/2014/04/01/in-honor-of-national-poetry-month-this-year/
Happy National Poetry Month! I look forward to celebrating it with all of you.