Every year, the Academy of American Poets selects new artwork for the official National Poetry Month poster, which is distributed throughout the country and downloadable on poets.org.

For National Poetry Month 2019, the Academy invites students living in the United States who are 18 years of age and younger and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 during the 2018–2019 academic year to enter artwork to be considered for use on the poster. The artwork must be original and created by a single student. It must be 18.25” x 21.5” and must incorporate one of five excerpts of poems by Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate. The contest opens today, September 1, 2018, and the submission deadline is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST.

See (and follow carefully!) the complete guidelines here.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 26, 2018

National Poetry Month is winding down, but not before Poem in Your Pocket Day (today!) offers you a chance to share some favorite lines. If you’re at a loss for poems (gasp!), have a look at this one by 8th grader Michelle Carranza from Humanities Washington.

What poem’s in your pocket today?

The Sisters Band of 1956

April 20, 2018

Lifelong friends Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder will read poetry and discuss the art and artists of the Skagit Valley on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books and Coffee House.

The small print (in image):

Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder were born midcentury to working class parents whose second worst fear for them was that they might become writers or painters, and therefore doom themselves to a life of N’er Do Well.

These pressures of suburban values created in them irresistible urges to make stuff up, in paint, in words. For nearly 60 years their efforts have won them no coveted awards, and very little money, but you may enjoy their persistent pursuit on Non-Sense.

Go. It’ll be good.

Write Riot returns!

April 17, 2018

It has been a while since we heard anything from Write Riot Slam, so we’re pleased to see that they’ll be stepping up to the mic in honor of National Poetry Month. This time around, Write Riot is teaming up with Village Books for an evening of slam poetry to be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, starting at 7:00pm, at the Colophon Café (adjoining Village Books). Read more about Write Riot in Jessica Lohafer’s 2015 guest post and watch the Facebook event page for more information.

progressive poem

April 14, 2018

Here’s a fun National Poetry Month project: The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem.

The Poetry Friday anthologies, by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, are designed to help teachers and librarians teach poetry. Each year since 2012, friends of Poetry Friday and other poetry lovers sign up to add a line to a progressive poem, one line per day, for the month of April. You can view the latest line and the poem so far by clicking on the current date. Fun!

Poetry-About-Movies

April 13, 2018

And as long as we’re talking about the intersection of poetry and film, we should mention Poetry-About-Movies: a celebration of Film Is Truth happening at Honey Moon in Bellingham on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The evening will feature poetry about movies by Dee Dee Chapman, Rena Priest, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee.

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second is a beloved, locally owned and operated DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS rental store in Bellingham with a little bit of everything and a lot of foreign films, independent movies, arthouse films, and documentaries.

going on in Seattle

April 12, 2018

The Cadence Video Poetry Festival is going on now at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle: “Verse meets visuals in motion during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.” Check it out.

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