National Poetry Month celebrated in Everglades

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Date: March 25, 2014
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HOMESTEAD, Florida: To commemorate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day and National Poetry month, visitors will encounter Everglades-inspired poetry throughout Everglades National Park starting throughApril 30, 2014. Visitors will enjoy vibrant banners featuring voices of the Everglades through words and rhythms from former Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) poets.


National Poetry Month, held in April, celebrates poetry and its vital place in American culture.  World Poetry Day, March 21, was an invitation to reflect on the power of language and support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.


I want to make the environment come alive on the page by creating word pictures, drawing readers vicariously into the magnificence of our natural wild places. We writers . . . have helped to establish the aesthetic value and material efficacy of the Glades.” – Bill Maxwell, AIRIE 2013.


About AIRIE: The Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades Program allows artists to become immersed in the Everglades wilderness and find inspiration for their art. For more information on the Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) Program, visit or call 305-242-7752. Applications for 2015 are currently being received; the deadline is June 1, 2014.


WHAT:      To commemorate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day and National Poetry month, visitors will encounter Everglades-inspired poetry on vibrant banners, featuring the words and rhythms from our former Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) poets. :


WHEN:      March 21 – April 30, 2014.


WHERE:   Everglades National Park


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