You don't have to write poetry to be inspired by it. Just soak up the rhythms, images and word play.
Anyway, the event below looks like it could be fun. (About a ten minute walk from the Harvard Red Line T stop.) Also, if you read the excellent The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, some of the story's action takes place in the Longfellow House. Note - this is something one of my BU students could cover for their news story.
Finally, while your there, walk down to Harvard Square and visit the Grolier Poetry Bookshop. Check the hours first.
Longfellow Student Poetry Awards
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Longfellow National Historic Site - 105 Brattle Street - Cambridge - MA
Longfellow Student Poetry Awards with Poets Charles Coe, Sam Cornish and Peter Payack
Singer-poet Charles Coe, Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, and Cambridge Poet Populist Peter Payack read excerpts from their poetry and greet student winners from the greater Boston area who will read their original poems. The New England Poetry Club and Friends of the Longfellow House co-sponsor this annual contest.