PASADENA, CA — Pasadena Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month this April with a variety of opportunities to hear, write, and engage with poetry.

The Academy of American Poets started National Poetry Month in April 1996 to celebrate poetry’s ability to capture and enrich our daily lives. Over the years, it has become a well-loved literary celebration. Readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others spend April marking poetry’s significance in our lives. This April, celebrate the power of poetry with the Pasadena Public Library at any one of our free community events.


Blackout Poetry

Thursday, April 13, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.
Create poetry using old magazine, book or newspaper pages and blacking out or redacting words, leaving behind a unique poem. No artistic or poetic experience is necessary! For ages 5+.


Pasadena Rose Poets Gerda Govine Ituarte and Hazel Clayton Harrison

Tuesday, April 18, 5 p.m., Virtual

Learn how to compose a poem from Pasadena Rose Poets Gerda Govine Ituarte and Hazel Clayton Harrison. Discover format, poetry conventions, topic ideas and more to craft your poem, then share your writings with attendees. For ages 18+

Presented in Zoom. To sign up, visit https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=8098.


Poetry Writing for Adults

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
Join us for a poetry writing meetup to spark your creativity. Whether you are a poetry writing pro or adventuring into the world of verse for the first time, we’ll have something for you. Select from a variety of tools and prompts to get your ideas flowing. For ages 18+.


Tim DeRoche and Daniel Gonzalez: Tales of Whimsy, Verses of Woe

Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

Join 2019 Summer One City, One Story author Tim DeRoche and illustrator Daniel González for a poetry centered discussion, featuring their book Tales of Whimsy, Verse of Woe. A collection sure to delight anyone who loves Lemony Snicket or Shel Silverstein. Following the presentation there will be a question-and-answer session, and book sale and signing. All ages are welcome.