Posted 42 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
San Antonio Celebrates National Poetry Month in April
San Antonio Poet Laureate, Jenny Browne, Invites the Community to Take Part in Events throughout the City
SAN ANTONIO (April 11, 2017) – April is National Poetry Month and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, along with 2016-2018 San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, invite the community to celebrate poetry with dozens of events taking place throughout the city this month.
Some of this year’s scheduled events include poetry readings, workshops, spoken word and slam competitions, panel discussions, and many other activities. A full calendar of official 2017 National Poetry Month San Antonio events is available at www.npmsa.com. In addition, 10,000 printed calendars are available for free at more than 70 locations throughout the city, including: San Antonio Public Library branches, local colleges and universities, bookstores, art agencies and organizations, and other locations.
“Although, as a poet, I believe any month is good for poetry, it is exciting that San Antonians are joining the many people across the country celebrating poetry this month,” Browne said. “Our city has many incredibly talented poets who share their passion with the community not just every April, but every day of the year, and it’s wonderful to see our community show their support.”
For almost two decades, the Academy of American Poets has celebrated April as National Poetry Month to increase public awareness of the importance of poetry and its essential place in American culture. In her role as San Antonio Poet Laureate, Browne will promote poetry by participating in public events and programming in April and throughout the remainder of her two-year term, which ends in 2018. Through these community events, this critically-acclaimed poet strives to share her passion for poetry with her fellow San Antonians and encourage them to engage in the many events happening in April and regularly throughout the rest of the year.
In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to appointment a poet laureate. Since then, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture continues to support innovative programs and public events in San Antonio and in conjunction with the city’s poet laureate.
For more information about the 2017 National Poetry Month commemoration in San Antonio, visit www.npmsa.com.