– Multilingual, multicultural,
multigenerational Daly City plans to celebrate
National Poetry Month with as much verve and diversity
as the community it serves. Sponsored by the Daly
City Parks and Recreation Department, two events
in April will mark the second year of local participation
in this program, which was originally established
nationwide in 1996 to rally Americans to appreciate
Monday, April 18, from 3:30
to 6 p.m., a multigenerational “Tula/Poetry
Open Mic” gathering will be held at
Lincoln Community Center. Performances in English,
Tagalog and other dialects are being solicited
for the free-for-all program. Participants must
pre-register prior to the event.
The poetry potpourri is being offered by the
Pilipino Youth Coalition - San Mateo County,
San Francisco State University’s Pilipino American
Collegiate Endeavor, Skyline College’s Kababayan
Program and Filipino Student Union, the Filipino
American Senior Association (FASA) and other
community members. Co-hosting the program with
DCPRD are Daly City ACCESS, Pilipino Bayanihan
Resource Center, Pilipino Youth Coalition –
San Mateo County and FASA.
Lincoln Community Center is located at 901 Brunswick
Street and Acton Street. It is easily accessible
by public transportation (SamTrans bus route
120 and 121). To pre-register, and for more
information about the April 18th event, contact
PBRC at (650) 992-9110, or Daly City’s Recreation
Program Coordinator at (650) 991-8075.
Saturday, April 23rd, from
1:30 to 3:30 p.m., creative “Poetic
Voices” will be heard at Serramonte
Library located on 40 Wembly Drive. From haiku
to free verse, self-professed poets are invited
to display their prolific writing skills “in
a relaxed, supportive setting.” A motivational
writing coach will be in attendance to set the
tone for the creative process to occur.
“An open mike is reserved for the final hour
of the program to allow participants to share
their work with the audience,” noted Leslie
Peay-Heckman, event coordinator. Participants
must be at least 18 years old. Pre-registration
is required. The $3 entry fee includes refreshments.
Call (650) 991-8190, email
email@example.com, or mail checks
(payable to “City of Daly City – DCPR Poetry
Event”) to DCPR, 111 Lake Merced Blvd., Room
9, Daly City, CA 94015.
National Poetry Month was first established
by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996.
Its primary purpose is to “increase the visibility,
presence and accessibility of poetry in American
culture,” according to the Academy. For more
information, visit www.poets.org