Mayor Janey Announces Celebration of National Poetry Month

Monday, April 5, 2021

We are pleased to share an announcement from Boston Mayor Kim Janey outlining several events and initiatives in the City of Boston to commemorate National Poetry Month throughout the month of April. We hope that you will consider participating.

“Art allows us to express ourselves creatively, see new perspectives, and unite communities,” said Mayor Janey. “As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts are an important part of healing. I look forward to celebrating this entire month with all Bostonians.”

During the 30-day celebration of the many forms of poetry, Boston will also be highlighting the importance of the arts sector in fostering the city’s economic, civic, and cultural recovery.

Events include the annual Mayor’s Poetry Program reading happening virtually on April 21. Several Boston-based poets will join Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola in reading original poems that were selected to be displayed in Boston City Hall this year. Porsha Olayiwola is also leading the HOME Poetry Series during the first weekend of each month, which consists of a free virtual workshop and open mic. This series will culminate with the inaugural Roxbury Poetry Festival on June 5, 2021. All in-person events for the festival will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will also be highlighting a local poet every day on social media. Porsha Olayiwola has also curated a list of 30 writing prompts that individuals can use to inspire their own poems throughout the month.

“Poetry and narrative play an important role in our city’s history and help us express and process the current moment,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture. “We encourage everyone to connect with Boston’s strong poetry community this month and to explore your own creativity by trying some writing of your own.”

More information about the events and programs happening during National Poetry Month can be found at boston.gov/poetry.