Next October 7th is going to be the 5th annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day. Like us on Facebook and you'll get updates about events being held near you, as well as creative ways you can plan your own events.
The Washington Post and many other papers are giving great coverage to Dead Poets Remembrance Day, thanks to an article by the good folks in the Portland, Maine Associated Press office.
"Skold said he was half-joking when he first said he wanted to visit the graves of 500 dead poets who had at least one book of poetry published, in their lifetime or posthumously. But now he’s serious and has identified the gravesites of 201 more bards in the U.S. and Europe, including those of T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Sylvia Plath." Read More
Dead Poets Remembrance Day,
the national literary holiday dedicated to remembering our past poets,
is meant to be a celebration "from the ground up." Meaning, the holiday
has taken hold among people in local communities who honor the poetic
gift that lived in local and regional poets.
While some past DPRD events have been planned in conjunction with
State Arts Agencies, most events take place in conjunction with poetry
associations and individuals.
So, plan your own events and, as the former Kansas Poet Laureate,
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg said:
"Long Live our Dead Poets!" E-mail us here
at the Dead Poets Society of America (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll post
the details of your reading, whether large or small.
-- Meet at a poet's grave;
--Meet in a bookstore or library;
--Make the holiday part of a regularly-scheduled poetry or literary event;
--Meet in a public park or space and invite people to read poetry out loud
Be Creative! Our dead poets were, and they appreciate your concern :)
Dead Poets Remembrance Day takes place on October 7th, or the weekend
closest to the 7th if the 7th is a weekday. For 2013, events are being
planned from Friday, October 4th, through Monday, October 7th.
Springfield, Illinois Dead Poets Day Celebration Details:
Sunday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., Springfield Poets and Writers invites everyone and anyone to the grave of Poet Vachel Lindsay to celebrate Dead Poets Remembrance Day. This year's theme is "Long Live our Dead Poets." We invite you to read one Vachel Lindsay poem. You may also write a poem about Vachel Lindsay to submit to our anthology (and $10 includes membership) and if there is time we'll have you read it. Lindsay's grave is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery directly north of Abraham Lincoln's tomb. Follow the road behind the tomb, up the hill and turn left. The grave is not far and on the left. It states "POET."
Friday, October 4th, 4:15 Remembering the Millay Sisters, at the Millay graves, Steepletop NY (directions). The Millay Society will hold a National Dead Poets Day walk to the family graveyard to celebrate
all four Millay women. Please assemble at entrance to Millay Poetry
Trail by 4:30.
More poets and artists are endorsing the National Dead Poets Remembrance Day. So far we have 2 former US Poets Laureate, 20 current and former State Poets Laureate, Coleman Barks, and many other individual poets, artists and supporters.
Below are just some of them (If you want to add your endorsement, send it to email@example.com)
Donald Hall, Daniel Hoffman, Annie Finch, Coleman Barks, Patricia Fargnoli, Joyce Brinkman, Marjory Wentworth, Norbert Krapf, Sue Walker, Walter Butts, Mary Swander, and more. (The list has not been updated since 2010, fyi.)
Poets across the land are beginning to plan events for the celebration of the 2nd annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day. Not only are State Poets' Laureate spearheading the national events, but any lover of poets and poetry past is encouraged to organize a reading on the weekend of October 7th - 10th