Open Mic Poetry Night

Event date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

National Poetry Month

Come join us for our first annual Open Mic Poetry Night in conjunction with Moses Brown's Providence Poetry Festival

Moses Brown presents the first-ever Providence Poetry Festival with events from Friday, April 20th to Friday, April 27th culminating with the U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Moses Brown.  See the full schedule here.

In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be hosting an open mic night and poetry discussion. Established or aspiring poets are welcome to come and share their work. Poetry enthusiasts are welcome to come and share their favorite pieces or just hang out and chat. There will be snacks, drinks, and poetry! What more could you want on a Thursday night?

Celebrating with the Academy of American Poets, Books on the Square wants to encourage readers and writers alike to spend the month of April exploring poets, old and new. Finding new authors can be hard and poets even more so. Poetry can seem daunting and impossible.

April is the month to realize how wrong that is. Poetry has the power to reach right into our chests and touch our souls, to shine just a little light into the darkest corners of our hearts, to let us know that it’s okay to be who we are and that there are others like us out there.

From Emily Dickinson to Jalal al-Din Rumi, from Langston Hughes to John Donne, from Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, poets and their words make up some of the strongest threads in the fabric of our culture. We see their echoes all around us. Revisiting the classics is always a great place to start. Pick up a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Keats’ odes, or Milton’s epics and see where they take you.

If the idea of those looming giants is a little too daunting, try starting a little closer to home. milk and honey by rupi kaur is one of my favorite books of the last few years and would certainly be an excellent place to begin. Or you could take a look at Wade in the Water or Life on Mars by Tracy K Smith, our new Poet Laureate. If you’re looking for something lighter with beautiful illustrations, All Our Wild Wonder by Sarah Kay would be perfect, or for something powerful and empowering, Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward.