National Poetry Month | 2021

Posted on Mar 25, 2021 in National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month (NPM) is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press have led an intentional collective effort to celebrate NPM in Joplin since 2016. NPM mainstays are collected (such as Spiva’s 1,000 Words Event) and the committee rounds out the lineup by adding in new poetry-centric events (such as Open Mic Poetry Night)Take a look at this year’s lineup below and join in the poetry-fun!

Thursday, April 8 | 7:00pm: Virtual Reading on @HarborPoems Facebook. Join the staff of Small Harbor Publishing for a virtual reading on the Harbor Review Facebook page ( The reading will stream live at 7:00pm. Harbor Review is a small online space for poetry and art. More information: Allison Blevins,

Tuesday, April 13 | 6:30–8:00pm: 1000 Words at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the myriad of images appearing in PhotoSpiva 2021 will be waiting to inspire writers for the 13th annual 1000 Words event. Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibition photos to use as springboards for poems or prose. The public is invited to attend the 1000 Words reading at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 13 in the Main Gallery. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes. Free and open to the public. More information: Shaun Conroy,, 417.623.0183.

Friday, April 23 | 7:00pm: Open Mic Poetry Night at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Write poetry? Love poetry? Come recite a poem you’ve written OR one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to enjoy. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. Masks required. Registration required through clicking the blue “reserve a spot” button in the Facebook event page: Marking yourself as “going” will not reserve a spot. Open Mic Poetry Night is a collaborative endeavor to celebrate National Poetry Month between Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press. More information: Emily Frankoski,, 417.501.5550

Thursday, April 29 | All Day Long: Poem In Your Pocket Day at everywhere. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and online. “Pocket Poems” will be distributed at Joplin Public Library and coffee shops throughout Joplin! This is a collaborative celebration for National Poetry Month led by Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press.

This year’s “partners in poetry”…

Click here to download the official National Poetry Month in Joplin, MO poster.

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