I write and read poetry, yet what is it exactly? The more I try to define it, the more its boundaries blur and morph. What does poetry, this living art form, say about how we experience the world? The fact that poetry magnificently shifts and shapes itself with us is a big part of what National Poetry Day celebrates and champions every year.
From seasoned award-winners to newbies facing a microphone for the first time, National Poetry Day – Friday, 28 August – unleashes the power and excitement of poetry for one incredible day of activity all around New Zealand.
The highly popular and eclectic National Poetry Day will be staged for its 18th year on 28 August 2015. A varied programme of events around the country will celebrate poetry in its many forms and engage with writers and readers at all levels.
Please note that due to National Poetry Day no longer being part of the New Zealand Book Awards, we have set up a new blog on which you can find everything you need to know about National Poetry Day 2015. This blog can be found here: https://nznationalpoetryday.wordpress.com/
We saw a huge programme of events in 2014, thanks to our coordinator Miriam Barr, and the event-organising poetry-loving volunteers from all over the country.
With events stretching from Peria Valley in the Far North all the way down to Gore and across to Wanaka, with 48 coordinators organising over 60 different events and activities, we saw over 7,300 people head to their local maraes, vinyards or bookstores to celebrate poetry on Friday 22 August. See what went on by clicking on your region below. Alternatively, upload the printable entire events programme here.
We are excited to announce Miriam Barr will be the National Poetry Day Coordinator for 2014.
Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based poet from the Far North with a background in psychology and community development.
Her poems have been published in Landfall, Takahe, Brief, Poetry NZ, JAAM, 4th Floor, Blackmail Press, Enamel, Wild Goose Poetry Review (USA), Potroast and REM Magazine. She has been a Poetry Idol slam champion (2007), creative director of The Literatti, a Poetry Live coordinator and editor of Side Stream, a bi-monthly poetry zine that was distributed for free in unexpected places by a network of poets from Kaitaia to Berlin.