Legacy of Poetry Day is San Jose State University’s annual event which celebrates the rich history of great American poets and their diverse backgrounds. Legacy of Poetry is the culminating celebration event to cap off National Poetry Month in April. This year’s event will feature poets celebrating their Asian American heritage. This year’s headliner for the event will be the award-winning poet, Maxine Hong Kingston who is the author of the iconic book of essays, Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among the Ghosts. Legacy of Poetry Day will be held on May 3 starting at 7:00 PM at the Hammar Theater with Poetry in the Lobby preceding the event starting at 5:00 PM. This event is admission free.


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Legacy of Poetry Day is an annual event to celebrate National Poetry Month, which we will carry over into the first week of May. National Poetry Month is held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events across the nation. The theme of this year’s tenth Legacy of Poetry Day celebration is “Ways and Ways to San Jose: A History of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley.” The theme comes from a poem by Al Young. The event also celebrates San Jose State University’s poetic legacy dating back to Edwin Markham (1852-1940).