The Bards Initiative is a New York State Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to using poetry to help the Long Island community. The Initiative provides avenues for poets to share their work and aims to encourage and inspire the writing and performing of poetry on Long Island and create a welcoming community for poets. It is the core belief of the Bards Initiative that poetry is the voice of the people and can be used to make a difference.
How was the Bards Initiative started? Breaking traditional stereotypes of poetry
The Bards Initiative was started by four likeminded poets: Kristin Capellini, Marc Rosen, Nick Hale, and James P. Wagner. They shared a common vision of a poetry society that helped break the traditional stereotypes of poetry confined to the classroom and held reinvigorate poetry for the uses of sharing and social commentary. The Bards Initiative kicked off with its first official reading on June 23rd 2010 at Wizards Café in East Northport and has been setting up poetic events ever since.