It’s my favorite time of the year! Spring is in the air, everyone is coming out of hibernation, and it’s National Poetry Month! I love that poetry gets this momentary spotlight among the arts.
In our community, we are celebrating National Poetry Month with the 8th Annual Barton Rees Pogue Poetry & Arts Festival. I got involved with this festival a few years ago and love it. I especially like that the committee reaches out to local elementary schools for children to write poems to present at the festival.
The theme of the festival this year is “The Future is Yours.” Participants are encouraged to write about the future and come dressed in a “futuristic” costume. Local members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club will be at the festival Saturday dressed as Star Wars Storm Troopers to usher children to the stage and present awards. How fun will that be!
Author and Pastor Philip Gulley will open the festivities Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Piece Building in Upland. Featured Poet, John Sherman, will start the event Saturday at 9 a.m. with a poem he wrote about meeting Barton Rees Pogue.
I will share the four “future” themed poems I wrote during the “Poetry Jam” (aka Poetry Slam) segment in a fun competition with other poets. I can’t wait to see the costumes and props everyone brings to this event.
Local artists’ works will also be on display during the Saturday event for visitors to admire, vote on, and purchase.
I hope you can attend to have fun doing something a little different than the norm and to support the arts!
If you are a local artist who wants to participate, you still have a few more days to enter! Please visit bartonreespogue.org for more info.
See you in the future!
P.S. I would love to know how YOU are celebrating National Poetry Month? Please leave a comment to let us know!