City Celebrates National Poetry Month
Lecture by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is proud to celebrate National Poetry Month with a series of free poetry-related events at the Community Gallery. The public is invited to six events presented in collaboration with Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis, Poet Laureate Emeritus Joan Logghe and community partners: Theaterwork, New Mexico CultureNet, and Cut + Paste Society. Activities will include poetry readings and lectures. All events will take place in the Community Gallery, located at 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. For more information, please call 505-955-6705.
National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry that was established by The Academy of American Poets in 1996. The Academy created National Poetry Month to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture, while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself.
“The Arts Commission is committed to raising the profile of poetry in the community,” states Debra Garcia y Griego, Executive Director of the Arts Commission. “Hosting this month-long showcase of poetry in the Community Gallery is our honor and we are grateful to the many willing partners that came forward to support this effort.”
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., “Pushing a Red Wheelbarrow Through the Waste Land,” a lecture by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis. For the interested, but puzzled poetry reader, Davis will lead a high-speed romp through sixty years of American poetry (1950 to 2010) and explain why American poets agree on almost nothing, yet continue to insist there is something called “poetry.”