National Poetry Month San Antonio (NPMSA)


For almost two decades, The Academy of American Poets has celebrated April as National Poetry Month (NPM) in order to increase public awareness about the importance of poetry and its essential place in American culture.

As a part of this initiative, in 2009 the City of San Antonio published its own local NPM calendar which provided the public with information about poetry readings, workshops, spoken word and slam competitions, panel discussions, and many more activities. A commitment to support the literary arts and a validation of San Antonio’s rich literary culture, this year’s calendar highlights events that take place all across the city and in surrounding areas. Join the effort to connect the poets and the public.

Current Events

Poetry Books

This book list highlights local writers and their published works in 2016 and 2017. To have your poetry book listed in future National Poetry Month calendars, contact Jim La Ville-Havelin.

  • Bonazzi, Roberto, Awakened By Surprise  (Lamar University Literary Press)
  • Brown, Nathan, (Wimberly) Don’t Try ( Mezcalita Press, LLC)
  • Cortez, Sarah, Against Sky’s Warm Belly (Texas Review Press)
  • Darnell, Charles,  Water, Tongues, Earth, And Blood  - Poems Of Acadianna (Finishing Line Press)
  • Davis, Glover, My Cup Of Darkness (Lamar University Literary Press)
  • Daquin, Candice Louisa, The Bright Day is Gone Child and You Are in For The Dark 
  • Daquin, Candice Louisa, Illusions of Existing 
  • Daquin, Candice Louisa, Sit In Fever 
  • Daquin, Candice Louisa, Pinch the Lock (Finishing Line Press) 
  • Dennis, James, Correspondence In D Minor (Stephen F. Austin State University Press)
  • Guidry,  Laura Quinn, Between Two Gardens  (Alamo Bay Press)
  • Hartman, Michelle The Lost Journal Of My Second Trip To Purgatory (Old Seventy Creek Press)
  • Jennigs, Michael Crossings: A Record Of Travel  (Lamar University Literary Press)
  • LaVilla-Havelin, Jim  West (Wings Press) (Sept 2017)
  • Lyons, Bonnie So Far (Finishing Line Press)
  • Lyons, Bonnie and Deb Field  Wow: Wonderful Old Women – Interviews photographs by Linda Harris (Outskirts Press)
  • Milligan, Bryce Take To The Highway: Arabesques For Travelers  (West End Press)
  • Olinka, Sharon Old Ballerina Club      (Dos Madres Press)
  • Phelps, D. Ellis Tongues Of Heaven 
  • Renaud Gonzalez,  Barbara  Las Nalgas De J-Lo        (Aztlan Libre Press)
  • Thomas, Larry D. El Padre (Nodding Onion)
  • Thomas, Larry D. Placido (Nodding Onion
  • Schiesser, Shubh  Sacred River (Sociosights Press
  • Van de Kamp, Alexandra Kiss Hierarchy  (Rain Mountain Press)


  • Bearing The Mask, edited by Scott Wiggerman & Cindy Huyser (Dos Gatos Press)
  • Texas Weather, edited by Terry Dalrymple & Laurence Musgrove  (Lamar University Literary Press
  • Texas Poetry Calendar, 2017 edited by Allyson Whipple  & Wade Martin  (Dos Gatos Press)
  • Let Me Tell You: poetry from the residents of Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center,edited Jim LaVilla-Havelin  (Gemini Ink)
  • Golden Flowes: Flores De Oro (poems and artwork of the Golden Artists and Writers of the Bihl Haus Go! Arts Program
  • The Right Way To Be Crippled And Naked, edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, Annabelle Hayse  (Cinco Puntos)
  • Art Heals Hearts (Ecumenical Center of Education, Counseling, Health)
  • Poems From Texas College Students, edited by Gretchen Johnson  (Lamar University Literary Press)

Local Presses

Aztlan Libre | Dos Gatos | Trinity University Press | Wings Press

Magazines & Other Publication Opportunities

Blue Hole | The Enigmatist | Poetry Corner – SA Express-News | University Literary Magazines | VIA | Poetry on the Move | Voices de la Luna | Young Pegasus

Submit an Event

Thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s National Poetry Month (NPM). In 2014, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture implemented this online self-entry method, in an effort to streamline the process of gathering information about NPM related events taking place throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas, as well as to expand the vitality of the program.

Agencies, organizations, groups, and/or individuals are invited to submit their event(s) below. Last year, more than 10,000 printed calendars were circulated across San Antonio, increasing and enriching NPM outreach to the greater public. For all entries, please include the event title, location, time, date, a brief description, and phone number and/or email of the event organizer/contact person. Events that take place on more than one day must be reentered for each reoccurring date.

All events submitted will be automatically published in the National Poetry Month online calendar, the DCCD website, and promoted in other media platforms.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019