April is National Poetry Month, and Tacoma’s poets are giving all of us plenty of chances to appreciate poetry in a variety of venues. Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, past laureate Tammy Robacker, State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and area poets such as Maria Gudaitis and Hans Ostrom will offer readings, workshops and other events. Here’s the list:
Distinguished Writers Series
7 p.m. April 13, free, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com
Tacoma’s longest-running poetry reading series continues with guest poet Marjorie Rommel and an open mic event.
Show/Tell for “Hide/Seek”
6 p.m. April 19, free, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org
Share your words in response to the newly-opened gay art exhibit “Hide/Seek” in an open mic during the museum’s free Third Thursday event.
Poetry Readings by Josie Emmons Turner and guests
3 – 5 p.m. April 15, free, Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org
Readings by Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and poets Rick Barot and Michael Schmeltzer.
Poem in Your Pocket Workshop
1 – 2 p.m. April 22, free, Museum of Glass
National Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26) invites aspiring poets to select a poem and carry it with them to share with coworkers, family and friends. Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner will lead this workshop to help participants create pocket poems.
“Song of Myself” Readings by University of Puget Sound Students
2 – 4 p.m. April 22, free, Museum of Glass
Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” provided inspiration to artist Paul Stankard, whose delicate botanical-based glass art is now on view at MoG. UPS students read passages from the poem in the gallery.
Lite/Light/EnLightenment poetry afternoon
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. April 25, $2 donation, Garfield Book Co., 208 Garfield St., Tacoma. 253-535-7665, luteworld.plu.edu
Lifetime Learning Institute and Elderhostel co-host this informal afternoon of poetry reading and sharing.
Poem in Your Pocket Distribution on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass
4 – 5 p.m. April 26, free, meet at Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-3500, washingtonhistory.org
For Poem in Your Pocket Day, poets and poetry lovers will gather on the Bridge of Glass and share their favorite poems with passersby.
Poetry Workshop for Teens
11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12, free, Museum of Glass. Register at 253-284-4713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner will lead this workshop designed to help teenagers expand their knowledge of poetry with creative exercises.
“Hope in Hard Times” reading
2-4 p.m. April 29, $6 (includes exhibit), Washington State History Museum
Tacoma’s 2010-11 Poet Laureate Tammy Robacker, writer Maria Gudaitis and poets Josie Emmons Turner, Allen Braden, Elijah Muied and Hans Ostrom read poems in response to the current Depression-era exhibit “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression.”