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National Poetry Month

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library,

April is National Poetry Month, “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 ... held every April, it is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.” The Academy also invites young people to participate in a special event

The Literature & Fiction Department would like to suggest the following poetry resources:

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez has listed all of his events on this website.

Writer’s Almanac:  by signing up for emails, patrons can receive a daily poem to read, or listen to Garrison Keillor read. There is an archive going back to 1996.

Library of Congress, poetry.  A website with links to a great variety of resources on poetry, including a Teachers’ Page, links to online readings, podcasts, criticism, and other poetry resources from our national library. Patrons can subscribe to email updates. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has invited everyone to participate in contributing to an ongoing poem. Click here national poem. You can subscribe and receive regular updates and invitations to read and/or contribute to the poem.

Lunch Poems: A Noontime Poetry Reading Series from Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate. A reading series available by podcast, from UCTV, or YouTube. The links are on the site.

Beyond Baroque Foundation

“Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California.” Among their numerous activities are readings, contests, and  workshops. In addition this year Beyond Baroque is honoring the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Luis J. Rodriguez, at the 6th Annual Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner.

Write Girl  “WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.” There is still time to pledge and have someone write a poem just for you.

Europa Editions is also offering special poems from many of its published writers in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Center for the Art of Translation: is an institution out of San Francisco which offers podcasts.

World Without Borders is the world of literature. Click on the poetry section and you will find over 600 full text entries online.  Sign up for emails for the latest news.