MIT Reads celebrates National Poetry Month

Check out staff picks and join us for our open mic


April is National Poetry Month, the most widely celebrated literary event in the world.

MIT Reads is celebrating with an annual open mic on Thursday, April 29, from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

We hope you will join us for this uplifting event!


Meanwhile, get inspired and check out our recommended poetry selections:

1919 / Eve L. Ewing

Asian American poetry : the next generation / edited by Victoria Chang

Black girl magic / edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, Jamila Woods

The feathered heart / Mark Turcotte

Felicity / Mary Oliver

[Insert] boy / Danez Smith

Jimmy’s blues and other poems / James Baldwin

LatiNext / edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez and Willie Perdomo

Magical Negro / Morgan Parker

Night sky with exit wounds / Ocean Vuong

Soul sister revue : a poetry compilation / edited by Cynthia Manick

Translating Mo’um / Cathy Park Hong

What the Chickadee Knows : poems in Anishinaabemowin and English / Margaret Noodin

Wade in the water : poems / Tracy K. Smith

The wild iris / Louise Glück

The world doesn’t end : prose poems / Charles Simic


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