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April 2021 Poetry Missive

Happy Spring in your Step and get to writing poetry, my favorite poets!


What a month and it is one of my favorite months (after October!) because it is a whole month dedicated to what we all write and read…POETRY! So, keep on reading for some fun because it starts April 1 through April 30! (Pssst! Click on the hyperlinks wherever they are to learn so much more about what's going on!)


First, on the evening of April 1st, just to kick the poetry muse sitting on your shoulder, join the GET LIT gang as they discuss Every Month is Poetry Month with Poets & Muses. Currently online, 7 pm - 8 pm. Someday they will return to their favorite hangout, the Valley Bar in Downtown Phoenix. But for now, online. Here's where you can tell them you will be there:


THEN, the Northern Arizona Book Festival ONLINE starts April 1 at 7:30 pm and runs through April 4 at 1 pm and it's freeeeeeee! There are poets and readings and more poets and an editing/publishing panel and poets and literary readings and books and zines and, yes, more poets. You can learn more about who's who and what's what and when's when on Facebook at (20+) Northern Arizona Book Festival Online | Facebook or here Literary Arts Festival in Flagstaff, AZ | NOAZ Book Festival


AND THEN…there's the first ever ASU Zine Fest on April 2 starting at 6 pm through April 3rd at 7 pm which is online and freeeeee 2 you & me!!! Register here to reserve your seat (at home, with friends, in the park, at a coffee shop Home - ASU Zine Fest - LibGuides at Arizona State University  There will be poetry, and comics and poetry and thoughtful conversation and more!


As always, if you hear of something poetry going on, especially if it is by Zoom, share on the Arizona State Poetry Society's Facebook page! Because this is such an awesome month, expect a mid-month missive!


Be safe, be healthy, be creative, be joyful!


Metaphors be with you!

CChristy White

MA Creative Writing/Poetry

eddress: [email protected]


Arizona State Poetry Society (look for us on Facebook)

Our website:  or email us at [email protected]




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Thursday, April 1: Get Lit: Every Month is Poetry Month with Poets & Muses, 7 - 8pm, free. Enjoy some lively conversation…no mask because it's virtual! Register here:


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 1 - 4, Northern Arizona Book Festival, starts at 6 pm on the 1st and finishes in the afternoon of the 4th. See above for links and more info.


Friday & Saturday, April 2 & 3, ASU Zine Fest, starts 6 pm on the 2nd and ends 7 pm on the 2nd. See above for links and info.


Mondays, April: Open Mic Mondays at Padre Murphys, 4338 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, 6 - 10 pm.What better place to celebrate poetry, music, comedy and more than at an Irish pub! Bring your lucky leprechaun and spend a fun evening! For more info, visit (20+) Open Mic Mondays at Padre Murphy's | Facebook


Monday, April 5: Café Muse featuring poets Margaree Little & Joseph Ross, 7:30pm - 8:30pm EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME. A reading sponsored by The Writer's Center, The Word Works and Poet Lore via ZOOM. To read more about the poets and to register for the zoom link:


Tuesday, April 7: #PiperPoetryMonth Drop-In: The Craft of the Reading: Performance and Poetry with Sean Avery, 6 pm via ZOOM. A talk about how to weave poetry, music and lyrics into an impactful poetry performance. Sponsored by the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. To register: Events | Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (


Wednesdays, April: Phoenix Poetry Slam at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 912 N. 5th St., 7 - 9pm, $10. Our capacity is limited to the first 50 ticket purchasers in order to provide a live experience as safely as possible. For more information and tickets, visit:


Wednesdays, April: Poetic Soul - The Ultimate Spoken Word Experience @ Club DwnTwn, 702 N. Central Ave., Phx., doors open at 6 pm, sign ups at 7 pm, advance tickets $8, at the door $10. All poets are welcome as well as sound artists, musicians, vocalists, comedians, storytellers, and more! For more information: Since this is a live event, masks are required. It does appear that this is an ongoing event, but call the club to make sure, (602) 488-3428


Saturdays, April: Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic, 6pm-8pm CENTRAL Time. Done by zoom from Nashville, Tennessee, you must sign up ahead of time to read at  For more info and to see previous open mic readings, visit their blog:


Saturday, April : Open Mic - Art, Music & Spoken Word, 3 - 6 pm MST. Real facetime event at 4480 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale, social distancing and safety measures will be observed, and yes, bring your mask, wear your mask. They do make it work. I hear it's a lotta fun! Sponsored by Creative Drill Sergeants & Arizona Consortium for the Arts. This is a first Saturday event.

Saturday, April 10: Tucson Poetry Society by Zoom, 10 am. The Tucson Libraries are closed and/or limited at this time, so they are meeting by zoom and sharing poetry. To receive a link to their curated meeting, and to receive details, send an email to [email protected]  A branch of ASPS.

Saturday, April 10: Poetry Reading with Laura Garcia, on Instagram Live, 10 am. Sponsored by Bookmans Phoenix, reading and interview with this Phoenix poet. She will talk about inspirations, her online bookstore for firsttime authors and more. For more details: (20+) Poetry Reading With Local Poet, Lara Garcia | Facebook

Monday, April 12: Mustang Poets by Zoom, 6 pm. Join this group as we read our poems and discuss the state of poetry today. Our library is closed, so we are meeting by Zoom. Email [email protected] for more info and to receive instructions on connecting (from your desk, couch or kitchen to our computer!). A branch of ASPS.

Tuesday, April 13: Director's Choice - Leslie Marmon Silko, 6 pm streaming live on YouTube and Facebook. From the audiovisual archive Voca, the UA Poetry Center presents a reading by the poet originally recorded on 11/17/1974. For more info: Director’s Choice: Leslie Marmon Silko | Poetry Center (


Tuesday, April 13: #PiperPoetryMonth Drop-In: What Journals Want: Submitting to Poetry Journals with Dr. Katie Berta, 6 pm via ZOOM. Dr. Berta will offer insights on the submission process for literary journals. Sponsored by the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. To register: Events | Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (


Saturday, April 17: East Valley Poets by Zoom, 9:30 am - 12 pm. Their theme is "No pressure, just poetry" and this month instead of bumping elbows, they are sitting at their computers! Join them in a discussion and possible mini-workshop to share poetry and community. To register for the meeting, please email [email protected] and Zoom instructions will be sent to you. A branch of ASPS.


Saturday, April 17: Arizona High School Poetry Open Mic for Students, 912 N. 5th St., 10 am - 2 pm, free. Lawn Gnome Publishing (Aaron Hopkins-Johnson) and Phoenix Poetry Slam co-hosts with Mesa Arts Center's Project Lit. There will be a creative writing workshop and poetry readings. For more info, email [email protected] and/or visit (20+) Arizona High School Poetry Open Mic ft Students from Project Lit | Facebook


Saturday, April 17: James Sherry & Najima (with Eric Matchett), 6 pm via zoom. $5 suggested donation. Hosted by POG: Poetry In Action, from Tucson. POG is a collective of poets, literary critics, and practitioners of other art forms. They seek to bring innovative poets and avant-garde artistic work to the public eye and ear! For more info: (20+) POG: Poetry in Action! | Facebook, and to register: Events & Tickets | POG Arts of Tucson (


Sunday, April 18: Open Mic Reading featuring ASPS Poets and Dine poet, Amber McCray with Abalone Mountain Press, 2-4pm, free via Zoom. Spend some of your Sunday afternoon listening to or reading poetry. To sign up to read or to just be our audience, email [email protected]  Surprise poets may be on the roster! J


Tuesday, April 20: #PiperPoetryMonth Drop-In: If You Build It They Will Come: Small Press and DIY Poetry Publishing with Amber McCrary, 6 pm via ZOOM. Learn about Zines, self-published, uncensored, self-made pieces of poetic art. Sponsored by the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. To register: Events | Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (

Thursday, April 22: An Evening with Nicole Sealey, John Murillo, & Hanif Abdurraqib with host Diana Delgado, 5 pm. Sponsored by the UA Poetry Center through The Insitute for Inquiry and Poetics, this is another talk and reading about the intersection of social concerns and poetry. To access the link, visit: An Evening with Nicole Sealey, John Murillo, and Hanif Abdurraqib | Poetry Center (


Saturday, April 24: Poetry Workshop, 11 am, free. Ready to write before this great literary month ends? Sign up for a virtual poetry workshop sponsored by Bookmans Phoenix. Create something sweet, salty and/or savage. For all poetry writers from just starting to published to silver-haired! You must RSVP by emailing [email protected]


Monday, April 26, Write Here, Write Now: Writing Truth from Memory with Lynn Melnick, 6:30 pm via ZOOM, $5. A workshop about memory and poetry, and playing with memory to bring truth into your poetry. Sponsored by the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. To register: Events | Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (


Tuesday, April 27: #PiperPoetryMonth Drop-In:What's Missing: Creating a Community Event with tanner menard, 6 pm via ZOOM. Using poetry as a medium to connect us, tanner will speak about creating community space around poetry that nourishes and energizes. Sponsored by the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. To register: Events | Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (


Wednesday, April 28: Remember, Recreate, Heal: Expressive Writing about the Self, 1:30 pm via Zoom. Join Rosemarie Dombrowski and Melissa Leto in a workshop series designed to uncover memories through narrative, reflective and poetic writing. This is a 4th Wednesday drop-in workshop through June and is sponsored by JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment. To register, click on this link:


The Writer's Center is based in the DC Metro Area and holds workshops, readings, talks, and good conversation. To learn more about them and to register for any of their events, visit:


read poetry is an online community of poets that celebrate poetry from around the world. They highlight and feature new and not so new poets, hold events and blog about everything poetry. Currently based in Kansas City, MO, (and who knows where else they might go), they bring poetry to wherever they can. Visit their website and learn more:


Virginia G. Piper Center for Writing in Tempe sponsors classes, workshops, readings and more. Website -


Poetry Foundation has online workshops and discussions ALL month long! Visit their website to find to read more about what's on the menu: They also provide a place to listen to poetry read by the poet or an admirer, and there are interviews and conversations about poetry.


Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: ( A great blog to find contests for poetry and other genres especially if you are hot to be published!


Looking for an online workshop? Visit this website and see what is being offered, some of them are even free!  University courses from California to Pennsylvania are being offered and are for all levels of poets.


Poetry Prompts and other interesting things:


The New Yorker Magazine has a podcast with their poetry editor, Paul Muldoon. Featured are conversations with poets about their work, and poetry readings.


National Federation of State Poetry Societies' website is a great place to learn about other state poetry societies, contests, and conferences. Here's the link to learn more: Read rules and guidelines carefully, some contests are members only!


Autumn Voices out of the UK has competitions and accepts poetry and other writing from older writers. To read more about this interesting opportunity and to read some of the pieces of older, talented writers, visit their website:


Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity is a blog with a lot of information about calls for submission, contests, conferences and recipes! Great sense of humor that entertains as well as informs.  Of special note is this post:


Weekends: Poets and Muses is a weekly podcast that chats with poets about their inspirations. Find out more about it at: Sign up for the weekly Poets-and-Muses newsletter at:

Soundcloud: Poets and Muses (
Instagram: poetsandmuses (
Twitter: ImogenArate (

Submishmash Weekly a newsletter with humor, contests for writers of all genres, art opportunities and interesting reads. A weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. To sign up, go to:


Central Phoenix Writer's Workshop, a writer's critique group, for more info go to 


Phoenix Poetry Events Facebook Page…there are open mics, contests, slams, readings, and so much more!


Wilkes University has a really great, low residency (I think there will be more and lots of others who will do this now) MA/MFA creative writing program. You can talk to me about it, or look it up and see if it just might be a fit for you. They focus on producing WORKING writers and if that's something that interests you, take a look!  They are on the East Coast in Pennsylvania and this is my alma mater.


Phoenix College on East Thomas in Phoenix has a creative writing program and offers AA and AAFA degrees. If you are looking to refine your writing or to start writing, this might be the place. To learn more visit:


Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Writing conferences are coming up! Take a look at what they do here:


Words Dance Publishing has free stuff, poetry, art and they might even publish one of your poems. Check it out online.


Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form when everything opens up again… and it will! Visit their website to find out more:


Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit


A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here:


Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road!


Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more!


Remember to visit to find independent bookstores around Arizona. If you don't see your favorite bookstore listed, let them know! Support and buy locally. Most bookstores have an online portal and, if they don't have the book you are looking for, they usually can get it. Some bookstores have opened and are allowing limited customers, but call before you go. Otherwise, it might just be a drive by. (Don't you love that "drive by" is now a positive thing??)


Visit POG: Poetry in Action! on Facebook, Tucson's premier presenter of avant & experimental poetry. Directed by Charles Alexander, POG is a collective of poets, literary critics, and practitioners of other art forms who have joined together to offer public programming to promote active appreciation and engagement with avant-garde particularly in poetry and multi-disciplinary art.