National Poetry Month

poetryInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. You can receive a Poem-A-Day from Thursday, April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day when people select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Need a collection of poems to choose yours from? We have books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks full of poetry.

During April, teens can visit any of our branches and create blackout poetry. You create blackout poetry by taking a page from a book and blacking out words until the words left make a poem. We’ll be displaying the poems in our branches and online.

Participate in the River City writers’ Group Poetry Contest! Submit up to two, one-page poems between April 1 and April 15, 2014. To enter, submit your poem in person, at the New Richmond Branch or via email at as a MS Word document attachment. Please include your name, phone number or email address, and whether you’re entering the teen (15-17 year old) or the adult (18+) competition. Your entries must be submitted by midnight on April 15, 2014 to be considered for judging. Visit the branch or call 553-0570 for more information.

The Union Township Branch Discovery Club will explore different types of poetry, from silly to Haiku and then create our own concrete poems (shape poems) on Friday, April 11 at 10:00a.m. Register by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744 or registering online. For ages 6-12 years old.

One Comment
  1. Thanks so much for including us in your National Poetry Month coverage! This April we are also presenting a special project for National Poetry Month called Poet-to-Poet, which gives young writers in grades 3-12 the opportunity to submit poems (by April 30) for possible publication on The full details can be found at Please help us spread the word.

    Happy National Poetry Month!

    -Academy of American Poets

Leave a Reply