Pull out your calendar and grab a pen, it’s National Poetry Month and, man, does Tacoma have a line-up of events for you! You’ll find a collection of meaningful programs, for all ages and all interest levels.
Meet Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, welcome new Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, engage with history at the Washington State History Museum, get Wayzgoosed, share the gift of poetry with others, and, if you dare–read your own work at an open mic.
Here’s a calendar of events to get you started:
SOUL SHOP OPEN MIC
Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm / FREE / Native Quest
Open mic poetry and music. Hosted by 6 Deep the Messenger & featuring music by Bobby Shorts.
PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY—TODD BOSS READING
Thursday, April 12, 7 pm / FREE / Gig Harbor/Peninsula Library
Hosted by Doug Murphy. Sponsored by Friends of the Gig Harbor Library. 253-548-3305
DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES W/ MARJORIE ROMMEL
Friday, April 13, 7 pm / FREE / King’s Books
Connie Walle & Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Tacoma’s longest-running public poet series! Hear renowned poets & read your work at an open mic.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH READING W/ WA STATE POET LAUREATE
Sunday, April 15, 3 – 5 pm / FREE / Museum of Glass
Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner Emmons hosts a reading with state laureate Kathleen Flenniken, and special guests poets Michael Schmeltzer and
TACOMA ART WALK
Third Thursday, April 19 / FREE / Galleries & museums throughout the city
See sites for events. Art Bus will be having some poetry-related fun!
SHOW/TELL FOR HIDE/SEEK
Third Thursday, April 19, 6 pm / FREE / Tacoma Art Museum
Share your words in response to exhibit with others in an open mic setting.
Sunday, April 22, 11 am – 4 pm / FREE / King’s Books
Print &book arts extravaganza. Broadsides, posters and poems on display and for purchase.
CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE POEM: POEM IN YOUR POCKET WORKSHOP
Sunday, April 22, 1-2 pm (poems to be distributed citywide 04/26) / FREE / Museum of Glass
Bring a copy of your favorite poem (can be written by you or someone else) to decorate & celebrate. Led by Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner.
SONG OF MYSELF: READINGS BY UPS STUDENTS
Sunday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m. / FREE / Museum of Glass
Walt Whitman’s poem provided inspiration to artist Paul Stankard. UPS students read passages among Stankard’s botanical creations in his Beauty Beyond Nature exhibit.
LITE/LIGHT/ENLIGHTENMENT POETRY SHARING AFTERNOON
Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 am – 12 pm / $2 donation / Garfield Book Co. (Fireside Lounge)
Lifetime Learning Institute & Elderhostel informal get-together to read, recite, listen to and share poetry. For more info, contact Gene Giannobile,
NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY GIVE AWAY
Thursday, April 26, 5 pm / FREE / Union Station Link Light Rail Stop at S. 19th & Pacific Ave. (by History Museum)
Meet at the light rail station in front of the Washington State History Museum to give and read favorite poems to the public. Led by our Tacoma Poet Laureate, Josie Emmons Turner.
HOPE IN HARD TIMES – POETRY IN RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY
Sunday, April 29, 2 pm – 4 pm / $6 / Washington State History Museum
Local poets read in response to the “Hope for Hard Times” Great Depression exhibit. Tammy Robacker,2011-13 Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, Hans Ostrom, Allen Braden, Elijah Muied and Maria Gudaitis. Admission includes museum talk, gallery walk, refreshments & poetry reading. Afterparty at Anthem Coffee & Tea.
JAZZBONES OPEN MIC
Wednesday, May 2 (1st Wed. monthly), 8 pm – 2 am / FREE / Jazzbones
Multi-style open mic with spoken word, hip hop, comedy, acoustic music and poetry. Hosted by Josh Rizeberg (ages 21 & up).
POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
Saturday, May 12, 11 am – 1 pm / FREE / Museum of Glass
Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner leads this workshop designed to help teenagers expand their knowledge of poetry with creative exercises. Free, but space is limited. Register with Elisabeth Emerson at 253.284.4713 or by email at email@example.com.