April is Here and So Is National Poetry Month 2016!

April is here and that means that so is National Poetry Month 2016! National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we should celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.
  • You can learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can be involved by visiting the National Poetry Month 2016 web page at Poets.orge. Celebrate poetry and have fun!

    Category: By the Poetic Fool, Events, Resources & Tools | Tags: , , , , | 2 comments

  • Bill says:

    Just stopping by to say hello. The best thing I can do for National Poetry Month is not writing any. 🙂


    poeticfool Reply:

    Hi, Bill! I don’t know about that as much as I’ve enjoyed your other writings. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if you could write poetry with equal skill! Thanks for the visit.


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