Each May, City College hosts an Annual Spring Poetry Festival, an event that over the years has attracted approximately 10,000 elementary school children, an equal number of high school students, and thousands from the college and neighboring community. This Festival is the celebratory event of City College's Poetry Outreach Center, and is known as New York City's "Woodstock of the Spoken Word," attracting poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins and Tracy K. Smith, among many others.