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City of West Hollywood Celebrates National Poetry Month throughout April

Post Date:April 05, 2017 12:58 PM

National Poetry MonthThe City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, celebrates National Poetry Month throughout April with a diverse slate of programming curated by City Poet Laureate Kim Dower, including new streetlamp banners, poetry readings, interactive events, a writing workshop, and more.

National Poetry Month was kicked off at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of West Hollywood on Monday, April 3, 2017. At the meeting, City Poet Laureate Kim Dower read aloud the recently completed collaborative poem I Sing the Body West Hollywood — video of the reading is available on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel.

I Sing the Body West Hollywood is a collection of lines from West Hollywood residents and visitors, woven together by Dower in an homage to Walt Whitman’s classic epic poem I Sing the Body Electric. Posters with the full text of the poem will be distributed throughout the City. Posters are available free-of-charge at West Hollywood Library, West Hollywood City Hall, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and Book Soup.

Streetlamp banners featuring lines of poetry will be displayed throughout the month on Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard.  Two new banners will feature lines of verse by Erica Jong and Richard Blanco, which were selected by Dower.  These banners will join those of poets honored in previous years by former West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Steven Reigns.

Events, workshops, and readings for National Poetry Month will include:

  • As Far as the Eye Can See: Sunset Strip through the Eyes of Poets, on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Organized by Dower, the event is part of the City’s WeHo Arts programming There’s Something Happening Here…On The Sunset Strip 1966, marking the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip counterculture era. The event will feature readings of both original poems and works by poets including Laurel Ann Bogen, Elena Karina Byrne, Brendan Constantine, Yvonne Estrada, Bill Mohr, Lynne Thompson, as well as Kim Dower. The event is free but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.bit.ly/April6SunsetPoets.
  • A free Senior Writing Workshop, led by Dower, on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Room 5.  This fun and informative poetry workshop will offer an intimate writing experience filled with ideas and exercises, all with the goal of awakening the poet within. No experience is necessary and RSVPs are not required.
  • The First Annual LA Get Down Festival (formerly InkSlam), a celebration of Hip Hop and spoken word, presented by Greenway Arts Alliance in association with Da Poetry Lounge, takes place April 18-30, 2017. The festival is supported with a grant from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts. For information on festival events and to purchase tickets: https://greenwayartsalliance.secure.force.com/ticket.  

For additional information on National Poetry Month in West Hollywood, please visit  http://www.weho.org/residents/nationalpoetrymonth or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at (323) 848-6377 or at mche@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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