April is National Poetry Month!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, March 14, 2011

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets instituted the nation-wide recognition of American poetry. Now, 15 years later, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, bringing poets, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and ordinary citizens together. We in the Hood family enjoy reading poetry very much, and Karen herself is a talented poet with several volumes of poetry in print. We hope that you will join us in celebrating American poetry during the month of April.

According to the National Poetry Month website, the goals of this celebration are to:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

There are literally hundreds of things you can do to participate in National Poetry Month, including attending a poetry reading or organizing one of your own, memorizing a poem, or attend a writing workshop. There are also local events being organized around the country, like the Copper Canyon Press Poetry Reading that will be held on April 5 in Seattle. Check with colleges and bookstores in your area to find out what special events you can attend. If you will be in New York at the end of the month, check out the 9th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind benefit that helps raise funding for the Academy of American Poets. Some of America’s leading artists, scholars, and public figures will participate in this extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture. Past guest readers at the benefit have included Meryl Streep, Senator Edward Kennedy, Dan Rather, Lauren Bacall, and Alan Alda.

For more ways to participate in NPM, click here! In the meantime, check out this review of Karen Hood’s first volume of poetry, Frost of Spring Green. Whether you are a poetry lover already or someone looking into this art form for the first time, you will be delighted by this book. It’s a great way to kick off the celebration!

Purchase Frost of Spring Green today!

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