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5th Dead Poets Remembrance Day
Join Nationwide Poetry Readings
at the Gravesites or Homes of American Poets
on October 5-7th, 2014

 

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Past Dead Poets Remembrance Day Partners:

Worcester Country Poetry Association, Woodberry Poetry Room,
Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Frost Farm in Derry, Stanley Kunitz Society, South Carolina Poetry Society, Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, Powwow Poets, Whittier Home Association, Biker Poets, Robert Creeley Association,

 

About the Literary Holiday

The first National Dead Poets Remembrance Day (DPRD) was celebrated on October 7th, 2010 in various locations across the country. It developed after Dedgar The Poemobile and the Dead Poet Guy visited the graves of over 150 poets and with the endorsement of 20 former and then-current State Poets Laureate.

This annual literary holiday is an annual celebration that seeks to remember and honor our nation's past poets through community readings of their works and remembrances of their lives. Celebrating Dead Poets Remembrance Day is a unique way to enrich our cultural commons by annually "digging up" the treasures of our poetic past and resurrecting them in the public imagination.

Celebrate The Holiday

Local Dead Poets Remembrance Day celebrations will be whatever YOU make them to be, as local communities come up with their own creative ways to commemorate their past bards. Our blog has lots of links to past celebrations so that you can get some ideas of what is being done in other communities.

@ Meet at a poet's grave;

@ Meet in a bookstore or library

@ Make it part of a previously-scheduled poetry reading or literary celebration

@ Take poetry to a public park or place and hand out poems to read

The official date of the holiday is October 7th – the day that Edgar Allan Poe died, and the day that James Whitcomb Riley was born – however, since that often falls on a weekday, celebrations may be held on the weekend days closest to October 7th. The idea for Dead Poets Remembrance Day developed as mixture El Dia Des Los Muertos (Day of the Day), All Souls Day, and how various communities continue to celebrete their dead poets (see list below).

 

PAST DPRD Celebrations

 

 

Historical Precedents in the USA for Dead Poets Remembrance Day

Every September the Emily Dickinson House and Museum holds a day-long poetry marathon, where the public comes and reads all 1,789 of her poems, with some of the readings held around the Dickinson family plot;

Every June poets come to the unique granite lectern erected on Nick Virgillio's grave in Camden, New Jersey to remember America's greatest writer of Haiku;

Every fall in Boston, on the Sunday nearest the birthday of both Anne Sexton and Edwin Estlin Cummings, groups of their fans gather at the chapel at Forest Hill Cemetery for readings and special music, and then walk together to the grave of the poet;

Residents of Branford Connecticut gather every Labor Day to remember the spirit of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, whose ashes are in a huge boulder by the bay where she used to live;

For 20 years the town of Lewiston, Illinois has held a poetry contest, and on Edgar Lee Masters Day they visit Oak Hill cemetery to read from his famous Spoon River Anthology.

All over Oregon, William Stafford is celebrated every January 17th,

Every year exhuberant fans of the Washington, DC-born poet, Jim Morrison, gather to party in the famous Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where Morrison's tomb has become an altar for his fans.

Every November the good folks in Springfield, Illinois, gather at the house of Vachel Lindsay and remember his life and poetry.