April is National Poetry Month
8 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month
Who says poetry is just for quiet libraries and dusty old books? April is National Poetry Month, and it’s time to unleash your inner Shakespeare! Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this month-long celebration of wordsmithing is designed to spread the joy of poetry. So, if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, then grab your pen and get ready to take notes. Here are some exciting activities to help you rock National Poetry Month!
Kick off the month by challenging yourself with a poetic goal. Whether it’s writing a haiku a day, devouring a poem each week, or sharing your creations with friends, aim for a target that suits your lifestyle.
2. Attend or Host a Poetry Reading
Throughout April, many libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops become poetry hotspots, hosting readings and performances. It’s the perfect chance to meet fellow poets and even show off a little of your own talent! Can’t find a local event? You can always host your own, either in-person or online. The possibilities are endless!
3. Explore the US Poet Laureates
Get inspired by exploring works by US Poet Laureates! Learn about their unique styles, themes, and backgrounds.
Check out work from the current US Poet Laureate, Ada Limón, and from those who came before her. You never know what new skills you can pick up while reading work from the greats!
4. Poem in Your Pocket Day
April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day when everyone is encouraged to carry a poem with them and share it with anyone they meet. From friends to total strangers, you can brighten someone’s day with a little poetic prose!
5. Tune In to Poetry Podcasts
When you don’t have time to write, poetry podcasts like The Poet Salon have you covered! Listen to interviews with contemporary poets, discussions about the creative process, and other poetical gems while you commute, exercise, or just chill out. It’s the perfect way to incorporate poetry into your life when you’re on the go!
6. Join or Start a Poetry Writing Group
Ever wished you could have your own Dead Poets Society? Joining a poetry writing group is the way to go! Get constructive feedback, share your work, and connect with fellow poets. Can’t find a group? Seize the day and start your own! It’s a great way to expand your poetry network!
7. Attend a Poetry Slam or Open Mic Night
For a night of raw emotion, energy, and passion, attend a poetry slam or open mic night. These events are a smorgasbord of different styles and voices, showcasing raw talent and creativity. Whether you’re brave enough to step into the spotlight or simply want to soak up the atmosphere, it’s an unforgettable experience. View everything you need to know about slam poetry!
8. Enter Your Poetry Into A Contest
little infinite always has a poetry contest. Be courageous and share your poetry or view other submissions and vote for your favorite.
With so many ways to celebrate, making this April an ode to poetry can be a cinch! With these fun ideas, you’ll not only dive deep into the world of verse but also become a part of the ever-growing community of poetry lovers. So, unleash your inner poet and get busy celebrating National Poetry Month!