NCC Observes National Poetry Month

April 12, 2013 | Student Event

Professor Katie Wilson leads the Poetry and Yoga session for students and staff.

Professor Katie Wilson leads the Poetry of Yoga session for students and staff.

The New Community College celebrates National Poetry Month with educational and entertaining events to recognize the importance and excitement of poetry and to build community through poetic expression. The Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996 as a month-long, national celebration of poetry to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture; introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry; highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets; and make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

During poetry month The NCC will sponsor a variety of activities for students to explore and enjoy the world of poetry and to help them strengthen their writing, communication and presentation skills, including:
• 30 Poems in 30 Days: A yearly National Poetry Month tradition, students will participate via prompts on their MyNCC page (student portal).
• NCC Poetry Month ePortfolio: The NCC’s ePortfolio will post submitted poems throughout the month and allow students to comment on one other’s poetry.
• Post-it Poetry: Everyone at the college is invited to write a short poem or quote and post it onto the first-floor Atrium wall facing out to 40th Street.
• Open Room Poetry: ALOUD! Voices from The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, a poetry anthology edited by Miguel Algarin and Bob Holman, will be open for anyone to read during Common Hour.
• Information Commons Open Writing Space: A corner of the Information Commons will be turned into an intimate writing space for inspiration and light reading.
• The Poetry of Yoga: Professor Katie Wilson will host a session combining two ancient art forms.
• #MicroPoetry Twitter Event: Students, staff and faculty will explore the world of #MicroPoetry and how limitations may expand the creative process.
Urban Juke Joint: This organization will visit the college to provide students with a spoken word poetry experience utilizing an “open mic” format. Students can share their work and also participate in Urban Juke Joint’s evening poetry event at its location near Union Square.

On Tuesday, April 30, The NCC’s National Poetry Month with conclude with a Festival featuring music, poetry and stories about the month during afternoon Common Hour (11:30 am-1:00 pm).

About The New Community College at CUNY
The New Community College at CUNY is an urban public institution located in midtown Manhattan that offers associate degree programs in an environment that nurtures student success. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. The NCC connects field experiences with classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. All students begin in the Summer Bridge Program and engage full-time in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of six degree programs. Instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors and library staff create a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation. To learn more about The New Community College at CUNY, visit

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