The Philadelphia Poetry Festival is coming! 


The 2019 Philly Poetry Festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Do you run a poetry organization, magazine or poetry series in the Philadelphia area?   If so, please register NOW for the Philadelphia Poetry Festival 2018 by sending your request via email to  Include your name, the organization you represent and a brief summary of what your org does and where and when you do it.  Please use the word “REGISTRATION” in the subject line of your email.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15TH


Each organization will present one poet to represent them, who will read for five minutes.  In the spirit of the event, we ask that organization leaders or editors NOT read, but choose a poet to spotlight. 

This festival will be held at a wonderful event space:  

THE ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia.


BOOK FAIR.  The Philadelphia Poetry Festival will include a Poetry Book Fair.  This is for individual poets signing and selling their books of poems.  All proceeds will go to and be handled by the authors.  The space is very limited – You must sign up in advance.  Please contact Leonard with interest:

PROGRAM FLYERS/MATERIALS.   There will be an area for circulation of program brochures, flyers and information about dozens of Philadelphia poetry and writing outlets.  Bring your favorite series information to share!

PARKING.  Lots of street parking in the area, metered and non-metered.  Fresh Grocer Parking Garage across Walnut Street.

GREAT PLACES FOR FOOD & SPIRITS & BUSINESSES WITHIN A BLOCK: Smokey Joe’s, Mizu Sushi Bar, The Greek Lady, West Philly City Tap House, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Copabanana, Hummus & The Last Word Book Shop!

PAST PARTICIPANTS:  American Poetry Review, Farley’s First Thursday Series, Apiary, The Collective Mic, Moveable Beats, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Asian Arts Initiative, The Monday Night Series at the Philly Free Library, The Green Line Reading and Interview Series, The Fuze: Philadelphia Slam Team, Philadelphia Stories, Philadelphia Poets, Rutgers-Camden’s “Louder Than a Bomb” Teen Poetry Slam, Mad Poets, Musehouse, Moonstone, Philadelphia Writers Conference, and MORE! 

Join us on April 28, 2019 to Experience a Unique Sampling of the Greatest Poetry on Earth and the Greatest Poetry Community Under the Sun!   This is the area’s most comprehensive poetry event solely dedicated to celebrating Greater Philadelphia Poetry in all of its manifestations.    Be there or be square!