8 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month comes each April to remind us that poetry matters. In honor of this, we've compiled a list of ways for you to join the celebration: ...

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. It comes each April to remind us that poetry matters and poets have a fundamental role in our culture. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, and this year is a special one as it’s the 25th anniversary of this event!

According to poets.org, the purpose of National Poetry Month is 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.

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve compiled a list of ways for you to join the celebration:

  1. Start your day by reading a poem each morning.
  2. Read 2020’s most-read poem by a contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness.”
  3. Record yourself reading a poem and share it on your social media!
  4. Read a book of poetry.
  5. Try your hand at writing a formal poem.
  6. Sign up for an online poetry class or workshop.
  7. Read and share poems about the environment in honor of Earth Day.
  8. Watch a movie, lecture, or video featuring a poet.

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