Poetry in the Park is a poetry group that holds monthly meetings in a local park on the first Sunday of every month. It is a free community gathering that invites all those interested in poetry to come along and simply listen to poetry recitals or share a poem or story and celebrate a love of the written or spoken word. The Poetry in the Park idea is inclusive to members of all ages; some existing groups hear poetry from those aged 3 years old to 93 years young! The poetry can be in any language, and everyone is welcome to share their poetry or just to come along and listen!
Poetry in the Park has two main aims:
- To bring poetry outdoors into various communities to adults and children through a range of actions, mediums and environments which challenges people's perceptions about poetry, how it is delivered and how we can relate to it.
- To be inclusive for all, all ages, races, abilities.
If you have an interest in poetry and would like to start a Poetry in the Park group in your local park register your interest here and we will provide you with the support and tools you need to get started!
You can apply as part of the Swarthmore Community Challenge to get seed funding to cover the costs of starting this project on campus. Poetry meet-ups can happen in-person outside or remotely.