Tuesday, April 14, 2009

National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

What is National Poetry Month? FAQ

"When I was in college, poetry was radical; there were giant readings. It was just so exciting; we had books of poetry everywhere. It a part of the culture. I want to bring that back. I want to give people a feeling of excitement. I want to give people a sense of confidence. I want to encourage people to go to the library and browse. Go to a bookstore and browse. Now, who goes to the poetry section of a bookstore? That’s why it’s so good to have National Poetry Month in April, because nobody goes to the poetry section, unless you know what you’re looking for."
—Camille Paglia, interview in the Boston Phoenix

National Poetry Month Events. Click on the calendar to view National Poetry Month events throughout the country and submit to promote your event—any time of the year.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Paragraphs will have a new poem each day for anyone who comes into the store. So stop by and pick up your copy today.

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