May 2017

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

This year marks the 20th celebration of the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, giving New Zealanders everywhere cause to read, write and enjoy poetry. To commemorate two decades of the fun holiday, the 20/20 collection was born. Twenty new poets and twenty seasoned poets were all asked to create a poem to be included in a collection of 40 works to demonstate the wide array of talent and voices represented.

Poetry Games

If you play round robin games, you might enjoy doing the same with poems. You can either compete against each person or everyone can take a turn saying a word or phrase to complete the poem. OK, so you might not come up with something as amazing as a poem by Adrienne Rich, Audre Lord or Meridel Le Sueur, but you will probably create at least a couple of memorable poems, so you might want to record your games on your phone!

Hosting a Poetry Slam

Have you ever thought about holding your own poetry slam? It's not a complicated endeavor. In fact, it's pretty easy to do, and it's a wonderful way to host a fundraiser, raise awareness about an issue or just encourage your local artists. This DIY guide is a great place to start if you want to host your own slam. Poetry Slam, Inc. also has some great suggestions for starting your own competition. A slam doesn't have to be competitive, of course!