HWA Announces National Dark Poetry Day

Finally—a day to honor Edgar Allan Poe and the dark poetry genre as a whole. There are so many ways to celebrate this new holiday, so near and dear to my heart of hearts. I’ll have to get planning. While I scheme, enjoy all the details from the official HWA press release:

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 3, 2018 – PRLog — Nearly 170 years after renowned author of dark poetry Edgar Allen Poe drew his final breath, a National Day of Recognition has been created to celebrate his legacy. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is proud to declare October 7, the day Edgar Allan Poe died, National Dark Poetry Day.

“HWA has just released the fifth volume of its acclaimed Poetry Showcase series, so we are obviously and proudly committed to supporting dark poetry,” said HWA President Lisa Morton. “We hope readers everywhere will join us in celebrating this beautiful art form on October 7th.”

National Dark Poetry Day is the brainchild of HWA Poetry Showcase founder Peter Adam Salomon. A Bram Stoker Award®-nominated novelist and author of three poetry collections, his work has appeared in numerous anthologies and has been performed by The Radiophonic Workshop on BBC Radio 6.

“Dark poetry has existed for centuries,” said Peter Adam Salomon. “One of the oldest surviving works of literature is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which dates to the 18th century BCE. Poetry doesn’t get much darker than that. It’s been almost four thousand years since the time of Gilgamesh, but a vibrant, vicious thread of darkness has haunted poetry ever since. And celebrating that thread is the purpose of National Dark Poetry Day. In dark poetry we share in the ancient knowledge that the darkest of poetry shines a light on the greatest truth.”

National Dark Poetry Day is not just a day for re-reading “The Raven”, but a time to discover all those who have followed in the footsteps of Gilgamesh and Edgar Allan Poe. It is a day to celebrate the voices that bring poetry out of the darkness and into the light.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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4 Responses to HWA Announces National Dark Poetry Day

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Bravo for your post! I am fairly sure Google did a Poe feature in 2018 –it may well have been on the day of his death ?? but normally it’s the birthday of whoever is featured. And you’re right, I’ve not even heard of most of these people. This is good — a feature I appreciate!

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