The Alamo sculpture, the “Cube” turns 50 this year! Begin the festivities at the Astor Poetry Jam, celebrating National Poetry Month and Earth Day. The FREE festival of poetry, features LIVE poetry slams and readings from Bowery Poetry Club, Indigo Moon and local poets, poetry writing workshops led by ‘Professor Poets’ from Bowery Poetry Club and a pop-up gallery of poems and stories in which to immerse yourself. In partnership with the The Academy of American Poets, Bowery Poetry Club and The Strangers Project Astor Poetry Jam brings the joy of poetry to Astor Place with four exciting interactive, poetic experiences.
LIVE Poetry Performances
Live poetry is an experience to behold and some of New York’s finest will be on stage at Astor Poetry Jam. Bowery Poetry Club headlines the Astor Poetry Jam with an eclectic and diverse mix of readings and Slams. Students from St. John's University Poetry Society open the festival with readings and a Slam! Throughout the afternoon local poets will present and perform their own work, charting the cultural and social history of the creative powerhouse that is the East Village.
You could be a poet and not know it! Everyone has a poem in them; it just needs unleashing. The Astor Poetry Jam Workshops will provide that opportunity as “Professor Poets” from Bowery Poetry Club provide FREE lessons on how to create the perfect poem. It does not stop with the writing either, why not take the stage to read and perform your poem to the Astor Poetry Jam audience! You will not be on your own; the on-stage host poets will explain exactly how to wow your audience.
Pause, Read & Immerse
Lose yourself in the pleasure of writing your own poetry and stories, or reading those of others, in our pop-up gallery of poems and stories hosted by the critically acclaimed The Strangers Project. Stop by, write your poem and story, and then display it in our gallery for others to enjoy. During the day, we will be collecting hundreds of poems and stories, all written spontaneously, creating a snapshot in time of the thoughts and feelings of New Yorkers.
Bowery Poetry Club and their ‘Professor Poets’ will be available with tips about how to write poetry, and some of the nation’s leading poetry organizations will be present with resources to help you appreciate and enjoy poetry daily.
Live Performance Schedule
1:00pm St. John’s University Poetry Society
2:00pm Bowery Poetry Club, Open Mic –
Bob Holman Ashley August Mason Granger Taylor Steele Sam O’Hana
3:00pm Phyllis Capello
3:15pm Ilke Scobie
4:00pm David Mills
5:00pm Indigo Moon – Kate Hess
5:40pm The Bowery Slam Team from The Bowery Poetry Club
Ashley August Timothy DuWhite Joel Francois Sean “Mega” Desvignes
Poetry Writing Workshops by Bowery Poetry Club
1:00pm – 7:00pm
Anton Yakovlev Amy Lawless Elizabeth Peters Lisa Markuson