Posted on April 1, 2021

Poetry Month Spotlight

April is National Poetry Month! All Classical Portland and the International Children’s Arts Network celebrate the art of written and spoken poetry year-round, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be working in some extra features into our programming.

Suzanne Nance will infuse poetry into the musical and culinary flavors of Sunday Brunch, and Andrea Murray’s Club Mod will include contemporary poetic influences all month long. We’ll share some of our favorite music inspired by poetry on the air and on social media, and will bring you features on All Classical Portland’s Arts Blog about the enduring and inspirational connection between the language of music and the art of poetry. We hope you will celebrate with us by sharing your own written or recorded poems on social media with the hashtag #welovethispoetry


Recommended listening and reading:

S. Renee Mitchell

Harmonizing with Joy
by S. Renee Mitchell

Throughout April, you can listen on demand to S. Renee Mitchell’s poem, Harmonizing with Joy, which was commissioned by All Classical Portland in 2020.

Listen below, download the poem text, and feel the joy!


ICAN celebrates National Poetry Month!
April 1 - 30

Listen to ICAN all month long to hear poems, stories, and great music. It’s also ICAN’s birthday on April 15, and we hope you can join in the celebration as ICAN turns two! Available on HD-2 and streaming at

A close up photo of Lele Yang

Verselandia! 2019
by Youth Roving Reporter Lele Yang

Youth Roving Reporter Lele Yang attended Literary Arts 2019 Verslandia! poetry slam at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Listen to her coverage of the event, and revel in the power of poetry!

Seven Instrumental Pieces Inspired by Poetry
by Emma Riggle

All Classical Portland’s Music Researcher & Archivist Emma Riggle explores music inspired by poetry. Learn about works by Amy Beach, Franz Liszt, and more.