Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Celebrate Poetry Month!

April is Poetry Month and there are so many ways you can celebrate! If you're in the CT area on April 20th, I hope you get the chance to stop by The Beacon Falls Public Library at 4pm as I'll be reading my most recent books, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade and Oh!The Possibilities.

On Thursday, April 14th, New York City is hosting the 9th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP). It's so easy to participate. All you have to do is carry a poem in your pocket.

If you're a writer, perhaps you might consider participating in NaPoWriMo (or at least make a note of it on your calendar to participate next year!) Every April many poets throughout the country participate in NaPoWriMo, an adaptation of National Novel Writing Month. NaPoWriMo challenges participants to write and post a poem each day in April.

And as reported at Kidlitosphere Central, here are more ways to participate:
  • Gregory K. will present Gotta Book: 30 Poets/30 Days with previously unpublished poems by favorite children’s authors. 
  • Irene Latham at will host a month-long  Poetry Party with poetry quotes, trivia, craft tips, publishing resources and free books!
  • Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup hosts 2nd Annual Poetry Potluck with original poems and favorite recipes by guest bloggers.
  • Tricia Stohr-Hunt at Miss Rumphius Effect will present a Poetry in the Classrom series highlighting a topic, theme, poet, or book to be used in the classroom 
  • Lee Wind will share sprinkled-throughout-the-month GLBTQ Teen Poetry.
  • Jone MacCulloch offers original poems by students at Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems.  Request yours now through the Poetry Postcard Project.
  • Janelle brings Brimful Curiosities Poetry Challenge in which kids are invited to create pictures for the poems posted each Friday in April.
  • Jennie will feature a poem or review of a novel-in-verse at Biblio File .
  • Anastasia Suen has set up a EduHaiku blog and Twitter account for students of all ages to write Haiku about what they leaned at school that day.
  • Stasia Kehoe will be including poetry links, a giveaway of signed arc of debut YA verse novel AUDITION and reviews every Thursday of verse novels at Writer on the Side .
  • Every day in April, Amy will introduce a different poem idea-strategy or poetic technique, connected to a poems from this past year at The Poem Farm .

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