Recommended Field Trips:
Any season is the perfect time to take a walk in the park to read or write poetry, but there are several other places where you can find workshops, readings, and inspiration.
The American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway. Submit a poem to their Poetry Wall. Poems can be signed or unsigned and in all languages. Poems can be sent to: The Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall, The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025. The Cathedral Church offers group tours and workshops for kids. Don't miss the Peace Fountain outside the Cathedral, encircled by several small, whimsical animal figures in bronze made from pieces sculpted by children.
Poetry Workshops for Kids and Adults
(Many of these events occur in April, 2013. Check the sources for other poetry events happening soon.)
FREE NYPL poetry workshops for teens: Well Versed: Urban Word
FREE poetry workshops for ages 6 and up: Blown Away by Poetry:
April 7th from noon - 2 pm, Celebrate National Poetry Month at Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, Manhattan. FREE event with readings of poetry by Marilyn Singer, Alan Katz, Robert Weinstock, and Stephanie Camelson.
The Poetry Society of America has several NYC events scheduled for April all over town, with FREE readings at Grand Central Terminal (hear Billy Collins! Wed. April 10, 7 pm, Vanderbilt Hall), John Ashbery at NYU (FREE, April 11, 7 pm, NYU Global Ctr.238 Thompson St., Level C Auditorium) and chapbook readings at the Strand Bookstore (March 28, April 18, and May 30, 7 pm — $10 fee).
The Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam happens every year in March, with trails starting in Nuyorican Poets Café and final competitors ending up at the Apollo Theater: