Below you will find information about our current programs. Throughout its history, the Montgomery County Poet Laureate has created many opportunities to inspire and educate poets and celebrate the art with readings, events, and workshops.
Caesura Poetry Festival & Retreat
A weekend immersed in Poetry.
A weekend full of opportunities to hone your craft with workshops from well-known poets and a chance to connect with fellow poets.
LitLife Poetry Conference
Join Philadelphia Stories editors, the MCPL and top-name poets for the LitLife Virtual Poetry Festival, a day of master classes, discussions, and readings including a celebration of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate and Sandy Crimmins Poetry Prize winners.
Professional Poetry Critiques
Critiques by published poets & Poet Laureates
Booked in a 30 or 60 minute increments. Critiques can be done in-person at Eclipse Center for Creative Community in Lansdale or via Zoom.
Once you submit the form the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate, Joanne Leva, will contact you to schedule the appointment.
Annual Poet Laureate Competition
Winners Announced in Early April
A Poet Laureate is selected each year who represents excellence in poetry in Montgomery County. The winner is featured in public appearances throughout the year. They also have the opportunity to facilitate a community service project of their own creation.
First Thursdays at Farleys | Paused
1st Thursday Poetry Readings, 7 pm
Farley’s Bookshop, New Hope PA
The First Thursday Poetry Reading Series is hosted on a monthly basis at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA beginning at 7 PM. The readings by the two featured poets are followed by a Question & Answer session. There is also an open mic for readings by the attendees, limited to one poem per poet to allow for maximum participation.
Mark your calendar and be sure to bring a poem (yours or that of a favorite poet) to share with the crowd.
Group Meeting, 1st Saturday, 1 to 3 pm
Forgotten Voices meets at Eclipse Center for Creative Community. The Group meeting on the 1st of the month is an opportunity for all ages, abilities, and interests to gather and enjoy listening to what each member shares. Come and read a poem by a poet you like, a poem you have written, or just come to listen! If you love poetry, please join us!
The Workshop is open to all writers, and participants should bring five copies of one original poem to receive kind and constructive feedback from poets.
A group of published award-winning poets available for Public Poetry Readings & Events
Originally founded by 2010 Montgomery Poet Laureate Grant Clauser and Executive Director Joanne Leva, current members include Montco Poet Laureates, Chad Frame (2017), Liz Chang (2012), Amy Small McKinney (2011), Doris Ferleger (2009), Sean Webb (2005), Hayden Saunier (past Bucks County Poet Laureate), artist Helen Mirkil, Susan
If you are interested in booking the Montco Poets’
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no river twice
poetry + improvisation
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no river twice is an experiment in how to bring playfulness, surprise, and communal participation
Full Circle Microgrants
Supporting the Writing Community
with Dave Gaines, 2020 MCPL
* Program was active in 2020-2021*
$250 unrestricted microgrants for writers impacted by COVID-19. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning mid-summer 2020. For application, testimonials and donation information follow the link below
Writing from Within
Laureates from Home
100Thousand Poets for Change
MCPL collaborated with Souderton Art Jam to participate in the 100TPC global initiative of a day of poetry focused on social justice issues. This event featured local poets of all ages including students from Souderton Area High School and also spurred the publication of 3 books of poetry from the participating poets.
PWC Free Forums
Children took over the Treetops Art Gallery in March of 2011, as the Briar Bush Nature Center opened “Abington Wild,” a celebration of local plants and animals as artistically rendered by local school students. MCPL invited students to participate in the nature art show, by submitting poems inspired by native plants and animals.