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Since its inauguration by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, April has been recognized around the world as National Poetry Month, so now is the perfect time to reflect on the richness of poetry and the many ways it enhances our lives.  Coinciding with the celebration is National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, an annual creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new poem each day from April 1 through April 30.

The project was founded by Maureen Thorson in 2003 and modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November.

For a comprehensive list of NaPoWriMo FAQs, guidelines, and daily prompts, visit the website at http://www.napowrimo.net.

If writing thirty new poems this month seems too daunting, literary journals and websites offer an abundance of suggestions for other ways of celebrating poetry throughout April.  Below are a few of my favorites.

  • Sign up to receive poem-a-day e-mails from the Academy of American Poets at https://www.poets.org.  This is a great website to peruse!
  • Organize an open mic poetry reading or start a regular poetry reading group.  Gather a group of friends at your local coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, or bar and share your original or favorite poetry.
  • Become an expert on your favorite poet.  If you have always loved the poetry of Robert Browning or Sara Teasdale or Sappho, read all or most of his or her poetry.
  • Subscribe to a poetry journal such as The American Poetry Review or Poetry.  For a comprehensive list of literary magazines and journals, visit https://www.newpages.com.
  • Discover a new favorite poet.  Lately I’ve been awed by the evocative poetry of John Milton and delighted by Timothy’s Steele’s allegiance to the meters and rhymes of traditional poetic forms.
  • Learn and experiment with one or two classic styles.  If you prefer to write in free verse, try writing a villanelle or rondeau.
  • If you typically write rhymed or formal poetry, play with free verse.  With no structural rules to follow, you can focus solely on the rhythm and lyrical quality of your poetry.
  • Commit a few poems to memory.  The Oxford Book of English Verse (edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch) and John Hollander’s Committed to Memory: One Hundred Best Poems to Memorize are terrific resources for this.

For more ideas and a calendar of poetry events near you, visit https://www.poets.org.

Enjoy the month!

 

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, an annual creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new poem each day from April 1 through April 30.  NaPoWriMo coincides with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated annually around the world.

The project was founded by Maureen Thorson in 2003 and modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November.  Since its inception, the number of registered participants has grown steadily every year, and many writers’ organizations coordinate NaPoWriMo activities.

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, guidelines, and daily prompts, visit the website at http://www.napowrimo.net.

Have fun, and good luck!

 

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Early-bird registration for the largest and most essential literary event in North America is now open to attendees, presenters, and exhibitors through October 30.  The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is hosting its Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Los Angeles Convention Center and JW Marriott March 30 through April 2, 2016.

Each year AWP Conference attendees participate in “the big literary conversation” and networking, with unparalleled access to the most influential organizations and voices in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference will feature 2,000 presenters and more than 550 readings, lectures, and panel discussions on modern fiction and poetry, writing technique, publishing, and teaching, and hundreds of presses, literary magazines, online journals, and literary organizations will be exhibiting at the upcoming bookfair.

Featured presenters include keynote speaker Claudia Rankine, who is the author of five collections of poetry and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as Rabih Alameddine, Richard Bausch, Peter Ho Davies, Jonathan Franzen, Kelly Link, Joyce Carol Oates, Roxana Robinson, and many other award-winning authors and poets.

With more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, agents, and publishers in attendance, the 2016 Conference & Bookfair promises to be the most informative and inspiring literary gathering of the year.

For more information or to register, go to www.awpwriter.org.

 

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, an annual creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new poem each day from April 1 through April 30.  NaPoWriMo coincides with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated annually in America and Canada.

The project was founded by Maureen Thorson in 2003 and modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November.  Since its inception, the number of registered participants has grown steadily every year, and many writers’ organizations coordinate NaPoWriMo activities.

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, guidelines, and daily prompts, visit the website at http://www.napowrimo.net.

Have fun, and good luck!

 

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Will-call registration for the largest and most essential literary event in North America is now open to attendees, presenters, and exhibitors.  The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is hosting its Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Hilton Minneapolis Hotel April 8-11, 2015.

Each year AWP Conference attendees participate in “the big literary conversation” and networking, with unparalleled access to the most influential organizations and voices in contemporary literature.  The 2015 conference will feature 2,000 presenters and more than 550 readings, lectures, and panel discussions on modern fiction and poetry, writing technique, publishing, and teaching, and hundreds of presses, literary magazines, online journals, and literary organizations will be exhibiting at this year’s bookfair.

Featured presenters include keynote speaker Karen Russell, whose novel Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as T. C. Boyle, Ron Carlson, Louise Erdrich, Roxane Gay, Tony Hoagland, Ted Kooser, Alice McDermott, Francine Prose, Michael Thomas, and many other award-winning authors and poets.

With more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, agents, and publishers in attendance, the 2015 Conference & Bookfair promises to be the most informative and inspiring literary gathering of the year.

For more information or to register, go to www.awpwriter.org.

 

Photo by Robb Cohen, AWP

Photo by Robb Cohen, AWP

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Mid-August

Now the ridge

brooks

are

flue-dry, the rocks

parching hot &

where sluice

used

to clear roots &

break weeds down brambly,

light finds a luminous

sand-scar,

vertical: it will

go to a hundred

today: even the

zucchini vine has

rolled over

on its

side.

 

                                       ~ A. R. Ammons

 

"Sweet Repose" by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

“Sweet Repose” by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

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The 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and continues through Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California.

The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with hundreds of authors, attend panel discussions with bestselling novelists and industry experts on writing and the publishing business, and enjoy live music, visual art, and cultural entertainment by some of the world’s most creative and celebrated artists.

For a full list of authors and panels featured at this year’s event and to review the program schedule, visit the website at http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

 

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