Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to welcome poet Paul Mariani to the Poetry Festival on April 13.

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. To mark Poetry Month, SBS will hold its annual Poetry Festival hosting a guest poet and celebrating student poetry with a poetry contest. The festival will begin at 7 p.m. in the Capen Room, immediately following Formal Dinner. The event is free and open to the public.

English Department Chair Jacob Steward will open the festival with words of welcome. Then, students who won the poetry contest will read their winning poems. Mariani will then read some of his poetry, discuss his experience as a poet, and take questions.

Paul Mariani is the University Professor of English emeritus at Boston College. He has published 250 essays, introductions, and reviews, as well as scholarly chapters in anthologies and scholarly encyclopedias, and is the author of 18 books, including biographies of William Carlos Williams, Berryman, Lowell, Hart Crane, Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. He has published seven volumes of poetry, most recently Epitaphs for the Journey, and Thirty Days: on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and the NEA and NEH. He is the recipient of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. For 15 years he taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and another 15 years at the Image Conferences in Colorado, Santa Fe, and Seattle. His life of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower, a feature-length film, directed by and starring James Franco, was released in 2012. He served as Poetry Editor of America Magazine 2000-2006. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Image, The Agni Review, First Things, New England Review, Hudson Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, New Criterion, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Sewanee Theological Review,  Gettysburg Review, Santa Clara Review, Doubletake, Boston College Magazine, and Southern Quarterly, as well as in numerous anthologies of contemporary poetry.