Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. That’s half the time the WCPA has existed but it’s still a pretty awesome anniversary! 🙂
All teasing aside, here are some ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month.
- Join one of the virtual poetry events we are hosting in April. See our calendar for what is on offer.
- Enter the WCPA’s Annual Poetry Contest: the Frank O’Hara Prize before April 30th.
- Watch the recorded virtual poetry event – may we suggested Sisters Outsider: Black Women Creating Poetry from March 18th?
- Become a member of the WPCA! Membership fees help provide programs such as the Stanley Kunitz Medal, the Gregory Stockmal Reading, the annual Elizabeth Bishop/Etheridge Knight College Poetry Contest, and the WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize, as well as the WCPA’s nationally known journal, The Worcester Review.
- Speaking of our journal, why not order a copy of the 2020 volume of The Worcester Review which features poetry and analysis of South African activist and poet Dennis Brutus.
- Download a copy of the official 2021 National Poetry Month poster featuring lines by Joy Harjo.
- Check out the National Poetry Month suggestions at poets.org.