National Poetry Month 2018

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Date: March 29, 2018
Contact: Garrett Cloer, 617-876-4491

As the birds come in the Spring,
We know not from where;
As the stars come at evening
From depths of the air...

So come to the Poet his songs,
All hitherward blown
From the misty realm, that belongs
To the vast Unknown.

- Longfellow, "The Poet and His Songs" (1880)

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site invites everyone to join us this April in celebrating National Poetry Month 2018! We will be offering a series of special programs over the coming month:

  • Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.: Literary historian Rob Velella presents a dramatic reading and illustrated presentation of James Russell Lowell's 1848 poem "A Fable for Critics." RSVP required. Call 617-876-4491 or email to reserve your spot!
  • Saturday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Special Junior Ranger house tours will begin at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm, first-come-first served. Crafts and activities will be offered on the front lawn or in the Carriage House depending on weather conditions. Learn about Revolutionary Cambridge and the most famous writer of 19th century America and his family...and earn a Jr. Ranger badge in the process!
  • Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Poetry Writing Workshop featuring poets Mary Buchinger, Linda Havilland Conte, and Hilary Sallick. The workshop is open to writers with any level of experience. Space is limited, so please call (617) 876-4491 or email to reserve your place!
  • Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m.: Poetry Writing Workshop featuring poets Marjorie Thompson and Wendy Drexler. The workshop is open to writers with any level of experience. Space is limited, so please call (617) 876-4491 or email to reserve your place!

Even if you can't join us for an event in Cambridge, everyone can participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day, is on April 26. Simply print out a favorite poem and share it with those around you! We recommend some Longfellow, of course.

Last updated: March 30, 2018

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