An Amanda Gorman-inspired “Future Leaders Read: A Teen & Youth Poetry Reading” is planned for Saturday at Starlight Square, with headliner Lizzle4 and plenty of open mic time for youth who want to share.
With the cancellation of Cambridge’s two weekly slams, the past year of coronavirus lockdown has been distinctly drained of live poetry. That ends in April with the introduction of a four-week Cambridge Poetry MashUp.
Weiying Olivia Huang’s documentary, “Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry,” screens Tuesday with new concerns for the 92-year-old Harvard Square shop since the death of shop owner Ifeanyi Menkiti this summer.
Fifteen squares of sidewalk citywide have already been impressed with the short works of Cambridge poets, and more indelible words will be selected between Tuesday and March 20 in the city’s fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.
Teen poets from Cambridge’s Buckingham Browne & Nichols private school and Somerville’s Books of Hope have earned two of 16 semifinals slots at the sixth annual Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
At the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam preliminaries this weekend in Boston, Cambridge’s team from the Buckingham Browne & Nichols private school has a not-so-secret weapon: Athena Chu, who competed as an individual last year.
In addition to using April – which is National Poetry Month – to judge entries in the second city Sidewalk Poetry Contest, the Cambridge Arts Council is celebrating by hosting its first community open mic April 11.