Geer Up! It’s Still National Poetry Month!

Poet Geer Austin brings us more of the big to-do for National Poetry MonthGeer formerly led NYWC workshops for LGBT homeless youth at New Alternatives, Sylvia’s Place, and the Times Square-supported housing project.

Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival 2012 – April 20-22

Run entirely by the students, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival is the largest free poetry festival in New York State. Now in its ninth year, the festival will feature readings by celebrated and emerging poets, craft talks, an open mic, book signings, and receptions. All events are open to the public. Click here for more info and to check out the lineup.

To-do: Poem in Your Pocket on April 26!

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 26 – ALL DAY!

Select a poem you love (or wrote!) during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on Poem In Your Pocket Day. Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Now’s your chance to share the gift of poetry with co-workers, family, and friends.

Late Night Library Party and Reading – April 26 at 10:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. PDT

Late Night Library, the all-hours home of debut fiction and poetry, celebrates one year of monthly podcasts with simultaneous readings from its home cities of  Brooklyn, NY, and Portland, OR. The second annual event will use Skype to showcase readings by its Brooklyn- and Portland-based writers. Attendees of the Brooklyn event, held at Williamsburg’s South 4th Bar & Cafe,  will experience their Portland counterparts in real time (and vice versa).

Poets House’s Italian-American Poetry Festival – April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Daniella Gioseffi, poets will gather at Poets House next week to share their own work and the work of another poet. Peter Covino will read a little Joseph Ceravalo. Maria Mazziotti Gillan will share a collection of Alfredo de Palchi’s poetry. But that’s just the beginning! Click here for a peak at what’s in store — and plan to hang out a bit: A reception and book signing will follow.