Free Pop-Up Outbound Poetry Festival Heads To 30th Street Station April 10-21

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher curates a poetry fest to celebrate National Poetry Month...

Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s time for some poetry — and music, too!

From April 10 through 21, Amtrak’s 30th Street Station will be more than an architecturally beautiful space for people in transit. The iconic railroad station is set to host the Outbound Poetry Festival, a poetry and music pop-up series.


  • The Outbound Poetry Festival runs April 10-21
  • Find pop-up readings and more at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station in the South Waiting Room
  • Events take place weekdays at 4:52 p.m. and on Saturday, April 15 at 2:35 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public

Festival Highlights

Philadelphia Contemporary, a non-collecting multi-disciplinary arts organization, presents the Outbound Poetry Festival in honor of National Poetry Month this April.

The expressive extravaganza, curated by Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, will celebrate the City of Brotherly Love with readings from local and out-of-town poets of all ages and styles.

Writers ranging from slam poets to page poets to teaching poets are set to share their voices with Philadelphians and visitors at 30th Street Station. Readings will take place in the South Waiting Room every weekday afternoon at precisely 4:52 p.m.

Stop by to see performers including Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha — also known as The Twin Poets — on April 10, Greg Corbin on April 11, former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock on April 14, Otter Jung-Allen on April 19 and more. You can view the full schedule of performances online.

At 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, artists will share both poetry and acoustic music. The afternoon will include appearances from singers/songwriters Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, jazz and poetry artists Trapeta Mayson & Monnette Sudler and sound poet Tracie Morris. Wisher will also partner with Mark Palacio for a special, show-stopping performance.


Admission to the Outbound Poetry Festival is completely free and open to the public. Those who want to check out the celebration of poetry should simply venture to 30th Street Station and prepare to be inspired.

Philadelphia Contemporary Presents the Outbound Poetry Festival

When:April 10-21
Where:30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street



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