Eight ways to celebrate National Poetry Month virtually

Little Patuxent Review

Spring has come to Columbia, Maryland, and we should all be out enjoying the warmer weather, soaking in the beautiful blossoms that have sprung up around the region, and enjoying the many live events that were scheduled to mark National Poetry Month. Instead, we’re staying inside, maybe going for a safely distant walk every now and again, and looking for ways to connect virtually.

But no matter what fear and uncertainty reign outside, literature is there to provide solace. And luckily, there are many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month — and literary creativity in general — virtually. We’ve compiled just a few below. This is by no means an exhaustive list — let us know if there are any that we should add!

  1. Check out 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month online, compiled by the Academy of American Poets. To name just a few, you can sign…

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Issue No. 6: 1ST ANNIVERSARY, JULY 2019

New poem in Turnpike Magazine


It’s been one year since we launched Turnpike Magazine, and we are so happy you’re here to celebrate with us! Since our debut in July 2018, we have grown in team members, submissions, contributors, and supporters. It has been an absolute whirlwind, and we are feeling both empowered and humbled. We are grateful for the opportunity to add some light into the world.

Download your free copy of our 1st Anniversary Issue here:

Thank you for supporting this project, as it wouldn’t be possible without you. It has become something even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

Contributor Bios:

  • Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. She has been published previously in Turnpike, as well as…

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Electric Poetry

I’ve hosted Electric Poetry on 88.1 FM WYCE for two years now, and I’ve also been the “featured poet” in three of the episodes. ❤

2018: Special episode to wish my best friend, KT, a farewell

2016: Discussion of activism; also recorded right before I got married, which is really special to me!

2015: First radio poetry interview ever!

We’re Looking for Our 2019 Readers!

Poets in Pajamas Reading Series

September 17, 2018 — Poets in Pajamas (PiP), a Sundress Publications reading series is putting together the slate of readers for 2019 and would like to invite you to apply to read. 

Poets in Pajamas is a live-feed online reading series, which prides itself on producing high-quality poetry readings for an online audience, and which is hosted by Sundress Publications. Poets read from their own work for fifteen minutes and then field questions for an additional ten or fifteen.

We are interested in hearing from ALL writers (we accept both poetry and prose readers) but we also particularly want to welcome writers who identify as being a part of marginalized communities (such as but not limited to people of color, immigrant populations, native and indigenous people, LGBTQ+, d/Deaf and Disabled, non-binary people, members of non-dominant religious groups, all women, Dreamers, formerly incarcerated, and more). We want to host you and promote…

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Reading of “enouement”

from the Jot Writer’s Conference feature, 2016


Credits: “enouement” is published in damselfly press

Videographers: Kurt and Jamie Anderson

Thank you to Schuler Books and Music for hosting this event.

how the colors have fallen

9df083c6-1e12-4f14-b4b4-ee69e5f9a0c5BODY byKevin Gomez

Orlando, Florida

how dangerous it is to be a body, cloaked in dawn
dancing to the beat of one’s own name. the sky combs
the head, a silken tongue—yellow—attempting to comfort.
a silicone of happiness gallops from the lips,
sings itself against the wide night. as it leans back
on its bones, a dance.

and the bullets come like a ghost, quiets the body.
it was too easy a song from the throat called
baggage, unwinding along the pavement. spilled
aside blood. dawn, and all its limbs, made to watch,
cold, becoming the day it was meant to be.

while the body loosens into itself, it asks:
what is to become of us now, a frog in its chest.
and the surrounding flail their voices
into the moon, their shrieks toppling what the body
called safety.

                are we to be angry? are we to…

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“Don’t Talk About It”

Tove Lo released a new album last month, filled with her usual pop and electronic jams and powerful lyrics.

In particular, “Don’t Talk About It” analyzes the unhealthy friend groups or family settings we find ourselves in, those ones where tension, disagreements, or even topics like politics or religion are swept “under the rug.” But we continue associating with these people because we’re “loving the highs” that being part of the club brings. (This line also alludes to drug use and the sometimes toxic climate that can bring.)

“We can take perfect pictures,” Tove Lo sings, tying our generation’s yearning for attention and approval to our willingness to put up with less-than-ideal relationships. If you feel this line hit home: “The world is beautiful, so why don’t you feel anything?”, perhaps you should re-evaluate who you spend your time with and what purpose your life serves. The world is beautiful, and your heart should be too – beautiful, healthy, and content.

small town melodies / poems by joseph felkers

Damn. Joseph Felkers is an incredible poet (and he’s still in high school). Watch out, world.

Tunnel Magazine


I remember playing the william tell
overture and the farmer who forecasted the weather
and elections, and sometimes I think about
it all and my place in it when often
I realize it couldn’t’ve ever happened.
Root beers and bug spray melting into 401k’s
I remember sitting at the stoplight that
was always red and realizing that
everything breaks


august eleventh
ninety four degrees
small town, big dreams
its dark outside
besides occasional lightning cracks
its only heat lightning darling
turn off the radio
twenty five over fifty five
crickets provide a soundtrack
harmonious rubber to rubble
racing through a small town at eleven twenty six
I glance a second and I know you’re beautiful
but I cry because the only feeling you know
in this god forsaken town is the bruises
that outline your father’s love for you
fags are only cigarettes

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Show up, Stand up, Speak up

Speak on, brave soul.

Carson's Voice

video inspiration for this post

The strongest thing allies of groups being oppressed is to speak up! People against black people do not listen with understanding and compassion to black people speaking; but they will with white people. Sympathy is not enough to support the overcoming of societal issues for oppressed groups. To stand with them means to speak with them. Same goes for a straight alliance of the lgbtq members. You think an anti-gay person will listen to a gay person tell them not to oppress them? Or will they learn from one of their own that oppressing this group is not ok? You think a man who uses the term “feminazi” will listen to a woman’s slam poetry? Or do you think they’ll learn some respect for women from a fellow bro? Being an ally means to show up, stand up, and speak up. That’s how you affect…

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