NYC Youth Poetry Festival 2019

This summer, Writopia is partnering with the Poetry Society of New York to host the 2019 Youth Poetry Festival on July 27th and 28th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Join us on Governors Island for free Teen Poetry Workshops, staged readings, an island-wide scavenger hunt*, and more! For teens ages 13+ interested in attending the 1-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshops, please register here. Upon registration, teens will have an opportunity to submit up to 5 poems for consideration in Writopia Lab’s new teen curated literary magazine.

*The all-ages scavenger hunt does not require registration.

Poetry Fest 2017
Dates: Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Scavenger Hunt: All day (Complete at your own pace!)
  • Teen ages 13+ Poetry Workshops: 12:00-5:00 PM
  • Staged Readings:
    • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Governors Island
    Colonels Row
    • For Teens ages 13+: Register for a 1-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshop taught by a published poet. Participants will meet in age-based groups to write and revise original poetry, and explore the island on a poetry hike. Each day will culminate in a staged reading for family and friends. Participants must bring their own lunch.
      • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Workshop 1 - Creating content
      • 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch break
      • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Poetry hike around the island
      • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Workshop 2 - Revision and performance techniques
      • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Staged reading
    • For All: Island-wide scavenger hunt. Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island and make your way to Colonels Row where participants can add a line or two to the 2019 Youth Poetry Festival collaborative poem. Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at our staged readings taking place at 4:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

    Please email for more information!

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