Great Poets Read for National Poetry Month—An Evening Event
If you’ve already dipped into How to Write a Form Poem, you know it’s held together not just by the topic of poetry but also by travel stories.
From a dusty Nevada carnival in the middle of nowhere, to an alien museum on the way to Santa Fe, Tania Runyan is your amusing guide. By car to National Parks or on foot over rickety bridges in idyllic waterfall destinations, she helps you feel the heart of each poetic form, even as she instructs and inspires you to take each form for a test drive.
When Tania first began writing this book, we didn’t originally anticipate doing much more with the travel metaphor. It was just a fun, rich way to talk about poetry writing. So much more fun than a dusty old handbook or a plain anthology!
But maybe this travel thing has miles to go?
After all, Misha Collins (aka, angel guy from the TV show Supernatural) got in the act, doing a Cameo for us. And he just so happened to have done it after a long car ride.
The day after Misha’s grand gift, Tania asked us if we might have a picture of her “How To” trio, and so we reached into our T.S. Poetry Press book case to pull out How to Read a Poem and How to Write a Poem to secure them for a photo shoot with the new arrival, and we had to move the Impala to get to the books.
In case you aren’t familiar with the Impala, it’s the celebrity car that got its fame doing perpetual road trips in Supernatural.
Logic (and whimsy) told us to add the car to the photo mix. We did.
But, of course! We could surely go a bit further down the travel road by crafting a stronger “Road Trip” direction. Like any good impromptu trip, we have no idea where we’ll eventually end up, but we do know that we’re now hosting a capstone event for National Poetry Month, called Road Trip!—Great Poets Read for National Poetry Month, featuring poets from the new book.
The event is free and open to the public, now that we’ve given our patrons first dibs on Zoom “seating.” (Patrons always get early reservations access for events like these.)
An evening featuring a fine group of poets from around the nation—this is exactly the kind of tour that feels fitting for a book with a travel metaphor at its center! We’re going to ask each poet to bring their favorite travel mug, their keys, and something that’s special from their region (yes, their state flower would do just fine). You’re invited to do the same.
Some of the poets will read their poems that are featured in How to Write a Form Poem; others will read travel or regional poems.
Register today, then get ready for an evening of words that will take you places!
Photo by Heath Cajandig, Creative Commons, via Flickr.
Reserve Your Free Road Trip Ticket Today
Event Date and Time: April 24, 2021. 8 pm ET.
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Love this idea! Count me in!
Bethany Rohde says
And just think: Zoom gas is free!
L.L. Barkat says
Yes, sort of. (We pay for it all year. Participants come free. 🙂 )