The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Favorite Poem Project at Smith College

WHEN: Submit by Thursday, April 5
              Reading on Tuesday, April 24

What’s your favorite poem -- and why? Tell the Poetry Center about it by Thursday, April 5. Selected participants will be invited to present the work that matters most to them (not their own) at a Favorite Poem Project reading on Tuesday, April 24. More detailed info can be found at this link:

Submit here!

The criteria for choosing participants will be a diversity of readers and poems. Poetry Center faculty and students will review the responses, and choose 10-12 readers for the event.

Poems should be geared towards a five minute presentation, comprised of reading the poem, and informally speaking about your connection to it. (You don't have to be a poet to submit--in fact, we're looking for a poem by someone else that inspires you.) Translations from other languages are encouraged. If the poem happens to be longer than the five minute range, it would be best for you to select a particularly meaningful excerpt.

The Favorite Poem Project, which Robert Pinsky initiated when he was U.S. Poet Laureate, is dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's roles in American lives. Read more about the many Favorite Poem Project readings around the country, and listen to poems read by famous and everyday folk:

You must be available to read on April 24th, 2018, 7:30 pm, in order to be considered for participation in the event.

Whether you are chosen or not, we look forward to reading the poems that have special meaning to you!

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