Sandwich celebrates National Poetry Month with three events

Something for all ages

The Literary Arts Group of the Sandwich Arts Alliance honors National Poetry Month with three events for children, high school students and adults. The events take place April 1st-9th with a Poetry Fest finale featuring town celebrities reciting their favorite poems, both light-hearted and serious.

National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States, and in that spirit, Sandwich Arts Alliance is proud to present the following three events:

  • “Poetry for Children” takes place Saturday, April 1st from 10:30- 12:00 at the Sandwich Public Library. Steven Withrow, poet, author and story teller, will present a poetry event for children ages 5-9. In this program participants will learn how poets use like and unlike sounds, repetitions and variations, to create works of art. Free and open to the public. Courtesy reservations requested.
  • “Dust Off Your Inner Poet” takes place Saturday, April 8th from 12:00- 2:00 at the Sandwich Public Library led by June Bowser-Barrett. This is a fun poetry writing workshop geared toward teens and adults, whether seasoned or new to the field. The two-hour workshop will consist of presentations, fun writing exercises and mentoring. The poems will be shared aloud and some attendees will participate in the “Poetry Fest” day. Cost: $10 per person. Register online or at the door.
  • “Poetry Fest”, the second annual event of its kind, takes place Sunday, April 9th from 3:00-5:00 at Sandwich Town Hall. Presented by the Literary Arts Group of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, Poetry Fest will feature original and favorite poems to be read or recited by a diverse group of well-known townspeople including Randy Hunt, Dr. Pamela Gould, Carol McManus, Mark Snyder, Jeanne Prendergast, Jay Pateakos, Vicky Titcomb, Steve Withrow, and more.

In addition, members of the STEM Academy and Sandwich High School Poetry Clubs will read their original works. Poets will remain to chat with attendees while light refreshments are served. The event is free and open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested.
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Poetry Month is supported in part by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on