still there

April 23, 2019

It has been five years since we mentioned Renée Adams and her Alexandria, Virginia, Poetry Fence of Del Ray. In fact, Adams has been “posting poetry, comic strips, and interesting news stories” on her fence for ten years now, and has added a poetry mailbox (above), which she keeps supplied with copies of poems for passersby to take. This year, she also “poem-bombed” 57 businesses in downtown Alexandria and invited the public to a poetry walk and reading for National Poetry Month. Read more in The Zebra.

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photo by Amanda Socci

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April

April 1, 2019

It’s April, and that means it’s National Poetry Month, and, of course, that means it’s National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), and yes, that means: get busy!

The 2019 poster (above) features artwork by tenth grader Julia Wang from San Jose, California, who has won the inaugural National Poetry Month Poster Contest. Wang’s artwork was selected by contest judges Naomi Shihab Nye and Debbie Millman from among twelve finalists and more than 450 student submissions. It incorporates lines from the poem “An Old Story” by current U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

get ready

March 28, 2019

With National Poetry Month right around the corner, this is a good time to get your ducks, or at least your prompts, in a row. Two Sylvias Press is offering an all-new batch of 30 Prompts for National Poetry Month, delivered fresh to your email box each day of April. There’s a small fee (less than 50 cents a prompt!) or, if you’d like to have one of your poems critiqued, you can pay a little extra and get a line-by-line critique by one of the editors of Two Sylvias Press.

island time

March 25, 2019

National Poetry Month is almost here, and so is the Orcas Island Lit Fest. OILF will begin the evening of Friday, April 5, and continue until mid-day on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The program features “panels, readings and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” See more, including panel descriptions and presenter profiles, on the OILF website and on Facebook.

your poetry needs this

March 15, 2019

The fourth annual Inland Poetry Prowl is coming up and you really, really should participate. On Saturday, April 6, 2019, poetry will take over downtown Ellensburg, Washington (with additional programming on Friday night and Sunday morning). In (mostly) 45-minute sessions throughout the day and evening, galleries, stores, cafes, pubs, and other venues will host free readings and presentations. The poetry, the people, and the energy coursing through town are invigorating and inspiring. Go.

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.

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?

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