In April, during National Poetry Month, the Poet Laureate and WAI will adorn pizza boxes at Little Caesars, Papa John's, Mario's, Domino's, and Pizza Hut with Haiku written by area high school student winners of WAI's initiative to put Haiku on the sidewalks of Main Street.
The month of June will usher in Rock Hill's inaugural "One Word Poetry Festival", a 3-day festival, June 4-6, with numerous events and engagement opportunities. There will be workshops for youth, teens, and adults centering on a variety of topics, including arts, activism, and writing poems. In addition, there will be a youth open mic kickoff event in collaboration with Food Truck Friday (tentative due to COVID. Virtual option as backup), the crowning of Rock Hill's first Youth Poet Laureate and the Poetry Brunch. Pulitzer Prize winner Mr. Jericho Brown will perform his keynote reading for the Poetry Brunch.