PAC celebrates National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Palo Alto College will host “Pen to Paper,” an evening of poetry with 16 local poets celebrating San Antonio’s literary community.
The event will take place at the San Antonio Poetry Archive at Palo Alto College on Wednesday, April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m., and will feature many special guests, including San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, and Texas Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero. Sharing the art of poetry is a way to give new life to the stories from our community, according to Ernestina Mesa, dean of learning resources.
“It will be a very exciting event. It might spark students and get them excited about writing poetry — especially if they go hear the slam poetry,” said Mesa. “Slam poetry is different than what they probably think of when they think poetry. Slam poetry is very raw; it’s very lively. It’s almost like a one-person act.”
All of the poetry shared at Pen to Paper will be housed in the Poetry Archive, so it can be viewed for years to come. Hearing the poets read their work aloud at the event, however, also gives students the opportunity to hear firsthand about how the poets became published.
“It’s important for students to see and listen to local poets and hear their experience in becoming published—and their inspiration for poetry in particular, because they all have different stories,” said Mesa. “This will hopefully encourage our students to find it within themselves to write poetry, even if it’s not to publish but just so they can be creative and tell their story.”
This year’s Pen to Paper event is a continued celebration of the poetry housed at the San Antonio Poetry Archive at Palo Alto College, which opened in 2016 as a project by Laurie Ann Guerrero to capture and preserve San Antonio’s literary voice. The Ozuna Library at Palo Alto College is home to these special collections materials and is committed to preserving the records of local poets and poetry organizations in their original formats, including books, manuscripts, archives, and other media.
“As a native of San Antonio’s Southside and a former Palo Alto College student, I am proud to have housed at this campus the Poetry Archive, which both documents and highlights the voices that have come from and through this land,” said Guerrero. “This Poetry Archive will be a growing and beating heart, full of great stories – those that have already been told and those that are yet to be written.”
To join in the celebration, view the event details here