Annual Poetry Festival & Contest

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Guest Poet Elana Bell (left), Poetry Outreach Director Pamela Laskin (center) & Guest Poet Aracelis Girmay. 
 

Initiated in 1972 and known as New York City's "Woodstock of the Spoken Word," the Spring Poetry Festival brings to the stage New York City public school students, college students, CCNY faculty and alumni, and guest artists of every poetic stripe, all reading their own work.

The Festival is held each year in Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent Avenue in Manhattan, from 9-5. The public is invited to attend. Early in the afternoon, the winners of the all-city-public-high school poetry contest read their winning poems.

Read the latest number of our annual anthology of poetry by students, mentors, faculty and guests of the CCNY Poetry Festival: Poetry in Performance 48

The 49th Annual Spring Poetry Festival: May 2021 

GUIDELINES FOR THE 2021 CCNY NYC HIGH SCHOOL POETRY CONTEST

1st Prize: $400
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $200
Prize for Best Poem in a Foreign Language: $100
15 Honorable Mentions

Include with entry:
Name and address
Name of school
Phone number of student and school
Name of teacher or advisor
Very Important: Contact Email

Email entries to  ccnypoetryoutreachcenter@gmail.com

LIMIT: 2 TYPED POEMS PER PERSON

DEADLINE: MARCH 3, 2021

CONTACT:
Pamela Laskin
(212) 650-6356

 

FEATURED GUEST POETS 1972-2019

L.S. Asekoff/ Amiri Baraka/ Elana Bell/ Ted Berrigan/ Gwendolyn Brooks/ Claude Brown/ Billy Collins/ Nicole Cooley/ Jane Cortez/ Robert Creeley/ Cornelius Eady/ James Emanuel/ Elaine Equi/ Allen Ginsberg/ Aracelis Girmay/ David Groff/ Marilyn Hacker/ Kimiko Hahn/  Donald Hall/ Michael Harper/ Mikhail Horowitz/ Richard Howard/ David Ignatow/ Colette Inez/ Major Jackson/ June Jordan/ Galway Kinnell/ Yusef Komunyakaa/ Stanley Kunitz/ William Matthews/ Eve Merriam/ Stanley Moss/ Marilyn Nelson/ Joel Oppenheimer/ Alicia Ostriker/ William Packard/ Grace Paley/ Raymond Patterson/ Molly Peacock/ Marie Ponsot/ Adrienne Rich/ M.L. Rosenthal/ Muriel Rukeyser/ Sonia Sanchez/ Grace Shulman/ Charles Simic/ Paul Simon/ Louis Simpson/ Tom Sleigh/  Patricia Smith/ Tracy K. Smith/ Richard Tillinghast/ Barry Wallenstein/ Estha Weiner/ Jacqueline Woodson