From Whangarei in the North to Invercargill in the South, established poets and those who simply want to give poetry a go, will take part in a huge variety of public events in celebration of our most creative writing form.
‘This year, there are more than 100 poets venturing out for readings, open mic’ sessions and poetry slams. Words will be spilling onto pavements, out of offices and into classrooms, cafes and theatres.
‘It’s a great way to forget about your day-to-day worries and transport yourself somewhere else with words. Don’t miss out, this is soul food – and it’s going to be a lot of fun.’
A few of Montana Poetry Day’s highlights this year are:
Auckland. Late @ Lopdell Poetry Reading, 7.30 pm ,Lopdell House Gallery, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. A night of fabulous poetry and music. Readings from CK Stead, Karlo Mila, Glenn Colquhoun, Riemke Ensing, Genevieve Maclean, Gus Simonovic, Renee Liang (pic right) and Tim Heath.
Wellington. Capital Poetry Marathon, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Bucket Fountain, Cuba Mall. Come along and participate or simply sit and enjoy this marathon feast of poetry. An open mic will operate all day for all comers to read their poems – any style goes. There will also be an Astropoetry Lunch Hour celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in which poets reading astronomy themed poems are welcome to read.
Martha Morseth and Si Mathews.
The 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Poetry Category winner and Best First Book, Poetry winner will be announced on Montana Poetry Day.
The finalists of the Poetry category are: Get Some by Sonja Yelich (Auckland University Press), The Lakes of Mars by Chris Orsman (Auckland University Press) and The Rocky Shore by Jenny Bornholdt (Victoria University Press).
The finalists in the NZSA Best First Book Award for Poetry are: Everything Talks by Sam Sampson (Auckland University Press), The Propaganda Poster Girl by Amy Brown (Victoria University Press) and The World’s Fastest Flower by Charlotte Simmonds (Victoria University Press).
Single poems from each book feature in the Montana Poetry Day samplers which are available from participating bookshops and libraries.
The winner of the Poetry category competes with the Fiction category winner for the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry.