Poetry Month Spotlight

April is National Poetry Month!

In poetry, we find the music of language: rhythm, nuance, sound, and self-expression come together, bringing meaning to life through words much as music does through notes.

This April, All Classical Portland and the International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) are celebrating the art of poetry, both written and spoken word, in honor of National Poetry Month.

Read on to discover some of the ways we are highlighting poetry, and its intrinsic connection to the music we love, on the airwaves and beyond.

Programming Highlights & More

    • SUNDAY BRUNCH –Throughout the month of April, host Suzanne Nance will infuse poetry into the musical and culinary flavors of Sunday Brunch. Join us every Sunday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT at 89.9 FM in Portland or worldwide via the live player on our website.
    • CLUB MOD – Beginning Saturday, April 2, 2022, host Andrea Murray will feature contemporary composers’ settings of poetry, including text by Emily Dickenson, Rumi, Langston Hughes, and more. Join us Saturdays at 9:00 PM PT at 89.9 FM or via our live player.
    • ICAN – On Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT host Sarah Zwinklis will speak to poet Marilyn Nelson, author of A is for Oboe: The Orchestra’s Alphabet at icanradio.org.
    • ARTS BLOGAmy Beach: Poetry and the Piano, All Classical Portland’s Music Researcher & Archivist Emma Riggle explores how composer Amy Beach incorporated elements of poetry into her works.

    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:

ICAN celebrates National Poetry Month!
April 1 - 30

Listen to ICAN all month long to hear poems, stories, and great music for all ages. Each day, ICAN will share a different reading from the Children’s Poetry Archive.

The ICAN Challenge for April is also a Poetry writing challenge!

Plus, we are celebrating ICAN’s third birthday on April 15, so we hope you can join in the fun! ICAN is available on HD-2 and streaming at icanradio.org.

S. Renee Mitchell

Harmonizing with Joy
by Dr. S. Renee Mitchell

In 2020, All Classical Portland commissioned a poem by Dr. S. Renee Mitchell titled Harmonizing with Joy.

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


An Emily Dickinson Playlist
by Emma Riggle

All Classical Portland’s Music Researcher & Archivist Emma Riggle shares a playlist of works featuring and inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Discover works by Aaron Copland, Mary Howe, and more.

woman in grey dress sitting for a portrait

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.

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