By Tae Gallegos, Sonia Garcia, Ashley Moreno
April is a time for sonnets, odes and haiku’s as poets take to the Pearl for National Poetry Month.
National Poetry Month is brought to San Antonio for the 10th year in a row. Throughout the month of April, the Pearl is hosting poetry events coordinated by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture.
The Academy of American Poets first recognized April as National Poetry Month 20 years ago. San Antonio supports the communities literary culture by organizing month long events.
The month kicked off with Mega Corazon. Mega Corazon featured the different works of many local writers, including Carmen Tafolla, Octavio Quintanilla, Anel Flores, Norma Cantu and many more.
The first Thursday was the Typewriter Rodeo. People lined the streets of the Pearl for the Typewriter Rodeo. Typewriter Rodeo, a traveling group of poets who pride themselves in using a vintage typewriter and creating poems based on what a guest talks about.
The businesses at the Pearl all participated in the celebration in one way or another. Most businesses, including Twig Bookstore, Bakery Lorraine and The Vintage Bouquet Bar, showed their support for poetry month with a decal on their window with a short poem from a local writer about the shop.
The Night Market was set up daily for vendors to display their one-of-a-kind products. Mojo-Rimba, a group made up of children celebrating cultural diversity through Marimba music, performs hours of live music.
This event illuminated the poetry scene for writers and writers to be. Even the most unfamiliar with poetry could enjoy the month long events.