Salisbury Poetry Week
April 5th-April 11th, 2021
2021 Salisbury Poetry Week
Events have now ended.
Did you attend an event? Please take our 2021 Salisbury Poetry Week Survey!
About Salisbury Poetry Week:
Founded in 2016 by a collaboration of students, teachers, poets and community organizations, Eastern Shore Voices established Salisbury Poetry Week in an effort to inspire empathy in our youth as well as to celebrate both the written and spoken word in the City of Salisbury, Maryland and surrounding Wicomico County. This year marks the fourth year of our celebration after having to cancel last year's events due to the pandemic. The week features educational visits in Wicomico County Public Schools through our Poets in the Classrooms project, as well workshops on writing for the general public, an Open Mic night, and the annual Eastern Shore Voices Reading featuring local Eastern Shore Poets.
Salisbury Poetry Week 2021 would not have been possible without the generous grants from The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and MD Humanities, as well as further support from Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), Wicomico County Public Libraries, Maryland Writers Association (MWA), the City of Salisbury Poet Laureate, Nancy Mitchell, and the City of Salisbury, Maryland. Programming for the Youth Poet Laureate was provided by Fenix Youth Project as well as an education grant from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC) awarded by the Maryland States Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We invite you to join the Eastern Shore Writers Association and connect with the writing community on the inspiring Delmarva Peninsula.
2021 Salisbury Poet-in-Residence
Christopher Salerno is the author of five books of poetry. His forthcoming book, The Man Grave, won the Lexi Rudnitsky Award from Persea Books and will be published in 2021. Previous books include Sun & Urn (UGA Poetry Prize, 2017), ATM (Georgetown Poetry Prize, 2014), Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (2006). A trade book, How To Write Poetry: A Guided Journal, was published by Calisto Media in 2020. His poetry has received the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, The Founders Prize from RHINO Magazine, the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Award, the Laurel Review Chapbook Prize, and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship. His poems have appeared in New York Times Magazine, New Republic, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Jubilat, and elsewhere. He teaches in the B.A. and M.F.A programs in Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Special thanks to Delmarva Life!
Upcoming Scheduled Events:
April 12: Get Lit! with Dylan Roche -- Special Focus on Dialogue
April 15: Quarantined at the Keyboard with Fran Severn -- writing prompts galore!
April 22nd: Thursdays with ESWA Poetry Reading with Carol Parris Krauss, Steve Bellin-Oka, & Virginia Crawford!
The latest books from ESWA members!