April is National Poetry Month

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
sutherlandmj@unk.edu

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.  This year’s theme  celebrates the important an enriching role that letter writing has played in the lives of poets.

However, National Poetry Month is not for writing papers or pleasing your professor with your research, although that too is important.  It is really about you.  It is about taking pleasure in the meaning and sound of words that are important to you.  In fact, you are probably a lot more familiar with poetry than you think. Some consider music lyrics to be poetry and most of us listen to music daily.  You do not need to analyze it, dig in deep, or even completely understand it all.  So expand your reading by including some poetry and just enjoy it!

National Poetry Association and Resources

The Academy of American Poets is a national organization that supports poets and fosters an appreciation for poetry. To keep update-to-date you can subscribe to their electronic newsletter, RSS feed, and Facebook page.

The Poetry Foundation is a literary organization that strives to increase the presence of poetry in America. To get the latest information, subscribe to their electronic newsletter and magazine, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Poets and Writers, Inc. is the largest organization to support literary writers and their work. Among the many features are resources for writers, online forums, and online registration to the Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Poet’s Society of America is the nation’s oldest organization to foster and create an appreciation for poetry. In addition the society’s award is: the spotlight for new poets, information on the Poet in Motion Program and poet resources.

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