National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! In partnership with our friends at Literary Arts, All Classical Portland collected verse from contemporary poets, and we’re thrilled to share these extraordinary words with you, read by the poets themselves. Click through to hear from Oregon’s Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and many more! Celebrate with us by recording your own poems and using #welovethispoetry

Poet Anis MojganiSpecial note: On Monday April 27, Gov. Kate Brown announced the appointment of two-time National Poetry Slam champion Anis Mojgani as Oregon’s tenth Poet Laureate. Mojgani will assume the role starting May 4, and will serve in that position for two years. He is the 10th poet in the role.

The poetry is co-curated by All Classical Portland’s Suzanne Nance and Kristina Becker with Literary Arts’ Director of Programs for Writers Susan Moore.

Poet Kim Stafford

Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford

I Am the Seed

Poet Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen


Poet Stephanie Adams Santos

Stephanie Adams-Santos

When the Locust

Poet Shaindel Beers

Shaindel Beers

New World, Post Pandemic

Poet David Biespiel

David Biespiel

Republic of Magpies

Poet Jessica Mehta

Jessica Mehta

Everyone Manifests Destiny

Poet Matthew Minicucci

Matthew Minicucci

Black Ship, Swept

Poet Lynn Otto

Lynn Otto

In This Green Green So Blue

Poet Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine


Poet Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

On Breathing

Poet Armin Toletino

Armin Tolentino


Poet Beth Wood

Beth Wood

Corgi at the Park