There are at least two literary programs in April that I recommend exploring.
“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
Join the celebration by requesting a free poster and displaying it proudly. Encourage young people to participate in our Dear Poet project or Poem in Your Pocket Day. Follow poetry events taking place nationwide at @POETSorg, and tweet about your own using #npm15.”
There are lots of ways to celebrate and participate, but here are a few among Poets.org‘s special pages for the month:
“30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month” which includes
- “Poem in Your Pocket Day” (April 24th) and
- “Poem-A-Day,” which shares original, previously unpublished poems by contemporary American poets.
Note that this is an unofficial promotion involving no transaction or official partnership/sponsorship with Poets.org.
Other sources give you their take on the celebration. Here’s an off-the-cuff collection of education sites for teachers and students. Note that inclusion does not necessarily constitute endorsement; this is strictly FYI to raise awareness and spread information:
- “April is National Poetry Month” from ReadWriteThink.org – Their partners include the International Literacy Association, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Verizon Foundation.
- “Celebrate National Poetry Month” from Scholastic.com, which also features “Dear Poet: A Unit Plan for National Poetry Month” for teachers.
- “National Poetry Month” from ReadingRockets.org (“Launching young readers!”) – They have a ton of resources! They are funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and partner with dozens of national education organizations.
Check your local library or university for other upcoming National Poetry Month events such as readings and contests.
I will be popping in and out here at Philosofishal with poetry-related notes and possibly some poems throughout the month.
II. The other literary event in April I’m highlighting is Camp NaNoWriMo, a slightly more casual National Novel Writing Month that happens in April and July. Follow them on Twitter @NaNoWriMo for kick-off and wrap-up messages, participant discussions, pep talks, updates, and more. Look for the Camp NaNoWriMo logo and learn more at their About page.
I have signed up and will be participating by writing memoir as I spend time with extended family over the Easter holiday.
So get out there and be literary in April and beyond! Enjoy.