April is Poetry Month

Welcome to NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Now more than ever, words matter. Poetry matters. Celebrate nationally by checking out the Poem of the Day on Twitter here , and get involved in your community’s efforts sponsored by Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, and other organizations such as the Robbins Library!
Read More about Arts Arlington’s LITERARY ARTS Programming here!

Missed Connections

Special Artist Talk with Charles Coe

Poet Charles Coe returns for an evening using conversation and writing prompts to explore why it can be such a challenge to have candid and respectful conversations about issues like race, class, and gender. Sometimes we get defensive. Sometimes we’re so certain our opinion is the “correct” one that we’re not really listening to the other person. Charles will explore these issues by sharing his experience as a writer, teacher, and social and political activist and will invite participants to share their thoughts and experiences as well.  Co-sponsored by Arlington Commission for the Arts and Culture, Arlington Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Robbins Library. Limited to 25; open to all members of the community. Register here!

Celebrate Locally!

Get ready for upcoming Poetry Workshops, Artist talks with poets like Charles Coe, an Open Mic Poetry Night hosted by Arlington Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner, and more! Read below for more information!

Open Mic Poetry Night

Tune in for Open mic night, hosted by Arlington’s Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner and the Robbins library, on April 7 starting at 7pm!
Hear from local poets or share your own original work. Poets who want to read will be signed up, on a first-come basis, for a 4-5 minute slot, allowing us to feature approximately 15 readers during the 90-minute program. If you have 1-3 poems (depending on size) and you’d like to participate, please send the poems you would like to read as a single attached file to the following email address steven.arlingtonlaureate@gmail.com along with a 1-2 sentence biographical note so Steven can introduce you. Co-sponsored by Robbins Library and the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture.
Zoom program, register here!

Haiku in the Heights

We’re celebrating Spring in Arlington Heights with colorful haiku painted in storefront windows, and we’re inviting the whole community to contribute!
Join a Zoom workshop with poet and teacher Jessie Brown. Each has a theme, but it won’t be strictly enforced. Open to adults and families with children 10 and older. Sign up for one today!
Saturday, April 24, 4 to 5:30: The Great Outdoors. Register HERE
Saturday, May 1, 4 to 5:30 pm: Friends, Family, and Community. Register HERE
Thursday, May 6, 7 to 8:30: Streets and Shops. Register HERE
Or, for those who prefer to write on their own, the deadline to submit will be May 17.  Find more information here!

Red Letter Poems Finale

Arlington’s Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner has been sending out poetic treasures to our inboxes for the last year! This April marks the end of the project that has received wide acclaim throughout the region and delighted Arts Arlington readers here, in our newsletters, and on our social media
Enjoy all of the poems from the project here on Arts Arlington! And if you’d like to begin or continue receiving poems from regional poets, reach out to Steven here: steven.arlingtonlaureate@gmail.com.
Thank you, Steven, for a beautiful collection of inspiring poems from a wide range of writers in the Northeast region!

A National Celebration

On April 29, make sure to register for the Virtual Gala Supporting National Poetry Month, by the Academy of American Poets here! This event is free and begins at 7:30pm. You’ll enjoy music and readings of favorite poems, shared by well known celebrities and luminaries across the globe, including Meryl Streep (Event Chair), Lauren Ambrose, Orlando Bloom, Hasan Minhaj, Samin Nosrat, Sandra Oh, Sarah Sze, and more!
These programs are supported in part by grants from the ACAC Grants Committee, a local grantmaking body that receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.