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Thursday, April 01, 2021

波士頓市長:四月慶祝全國詩歌月

Boston Mayor Kim Janey

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

All events will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance 

BOSTON - Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced the City of Boston’s celebrations to commemorate
National Poetry Month throughout the month of April. During the 30-day celebration of the many forms of poetry, Boston will also be highlighting the importance of the arts sector in fostering the city’s economic, civic, and cultural recovery. 
 
“Art allows us to express ourselves creatively, see new perspectives, and unite communities,” said Mayor Janey. “As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts are an important part of healing. I look forward to celebrating this entire month with all Bostonians.”

The City of Boston is leading several events and initiatives as part of National Poetry Month, including the annual Mayor’s Poetry Program reading happening virtually on April 21. For this event, several Boston-based poets will join Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola in reading original poems that were selected to be displayed in Boston City Hall this year. Porsha Olayiwola is also leading the HOME Poetry Series during the first weekend of each month, which consists of a free virtual workshop and open mic. This series will culminate with the inaugural Roxbury Poetry Festival on June 5, 2021. All in-person events for the festival will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance. Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla will also be hosting a virtual poetry workshop for teens in partnership with the Boston Public Library on April 3.

“Audre Lorde states Poetry is not a luxury. I agree. Poetry is a necessity,” said Porsha Olayiwola, Poet Laureate for the City of Boston. “It is essential in fostering conversations, in articulating the world we wish to see, in elevating voices that have gone unheard. I am looking forward to sharing my own work with the people of Boston and to seeing the creativity and vast ideas community members bring to the forefront.”

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will also be highlighting a local poet every day on social media. Porsha Olayiwola has also curated a list of 30 writing prompts that individuals can use to inspire their own poems throughout the month.

“Poetry and narrative play an important role in our city’s history and help us express and process the current moment,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture. “We encourage everyone to connect with Boston’s strong poetry community this month and to explore your own creativity by trying some writing of your own.”

More information about the events and programs happening during National Poetry Month can be found at boston.gov/poetry.


 

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