Year of Poetry
Good Words: Poetry and Grace
Welcome to the Year of Poetry
Every year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme to help provide focus and create new ways to grow as a community. Poetry and the literary arts are natural complements to the mission, ministries, and existing programs of Grace Cathedral. Akin to music’s role in the life of the church, poetry’s unique qualities can enhance and enliven our shared work.
Announcing the Year of Poetry
During the Year of Poetry we will be exploring the walls that separate us from each other and the words that help connect us.
Read Dean Malcolm Clemens Young’s announcement of the Year of Poetry.
Grace Notes: Litquake at Grace Cathedral
April 21, 2023
Celebrate the cathedral’s Year of Poetry and National Poetry Month with Litquake, the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast. Returning for its 8th year to our gothic and gorgeous space, enjoy a special evening of exalted verse, celebrating the sacred and profane, domestic and divine, with poetry in the pews from a distinguished roster of poets. Curated and hosted by D.A. Powell, five celebrated poets will read from their latest collections: James Cagney, Henry Cole, Jewelle Gomez, Jacques Raincourt, and Rachel Zucker.
The Iliad at Grace: A Public Reading Event
May 13, 2023
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, The International Readers of Homer present a 12-hour, audience participation reading of Homer’s The Iliad. This all-day reading of Homer’s epic features the first complete translation of the poem by a woman, the noted classics scholar Caroline Alexander. Join us and add your voice to this unique participatory reading—and live the revival of the ancient art of public storytelling!
Submit a Poem
Share your favorite poem or one you’ve written (Word or PDF preferred), for possible inclusion in a Year of Poetry-end anthology.