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2015

San Antonio Celebrates National Poetry Month in April

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Contact: Department for Culture & Creative Development

210-207-6960, Javier.Flores@sanantonio.gov

 

San Antonio Celebrates National Poetry Month in April 

San Antonio (March 31, 2015) - April is National Poetry Month and the city of San Antonio and San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero invite the entire community to attend events at various locations throughout the city in commemoration of this special month.

"San Antonio continues to be a city that honors and celebrates the written word, especially poetry,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “National Poetry Month is a time for all San Antonians to come together and celebrate the great literary talent found in our city, and to highlight our appreciation for poetry as an art form."

For almost two decades, the Academy of American Poets has celebrated April as National Poetry Month to increase public awareness on the importance of poetry and its essential place in American culture. In her role as San Antonio’s poet laureate, Guerrero will promote poetry by participating in public events and programming in April and throughout the remainder of her two-year term, which ends in 2016. Through these community events, this critically-acclaimed poet strives to share her passion for poetry with her fellow San Antonians and encourage them to engage in the many events happening in April and regularly throughout the rest of the year.

In 2012, San Antonio became the first major City in Texas to appointment a poet laureate. Since then, and in keeping with the SA2020 goal of turning San Antonio into a renowned creative community, the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD) continues to support innovative programs and public events in San Antonio and in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate.

“The City of San Antonio is proud to sponsor events that promote the literary arts and support our city’s poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero,” said Felix Padrón, DCCD Director. “Locals and visitors to our city are all invited to participate in the many events scheduled in honor of Poetry Month in San Antonio.”

Some of this year’s scheduled events include poetry readings, workshops, spoken word and slam competitions, panel discussions, and many other activities. A full calendar of official 2015 Poetry Month events is available at www.npmsa.com. In addition, 10,000 printed calendars are available for free at more than 70 locations throughout the city including San Antonio Public Library branches, local colleges and universities, bookstores, art agencies and organizations, and other locations.

For more information about the 2015 National Poetry Month commemoration in San Antonio, visit www.npmsa.com.

 

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Your guide to arts and culture events in San Antonio is GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.

 

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