National Poetry Month started in April 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to remind the public that poets have a role in our society and that poetry matters. I am showing you a poem from my book called Spring Brings Summer which is called The Spirit of Easter. Since April 1996, has become the largest literary celebration. As we face uncertainty in the world right now, National Poetry Month has taken on a whole new of importance. More people are turning to poetry at this moment to bring serenity and strength. With all of this said, the Academy of American Poets is offering activities, initiatives, and resources for people to join in online and at home to bring comfort, peace, and togetherness for April.
From March 23-29 for the Academy of American Poets, traffic to Poets.org has increased by 32%, with more than 1.4 million visits (Academy of American Poets Announces Virtual Programs for National Poetry Month as People Turn to Poems in an Unprecedented Moment). Last week alone, more than 4,000 individuals signed up to receive Poem-a-Day in their emails, which is double their subscriber list.
On their website, they have:
- 30 ways to celebrate online and at home
- 30 ways to revel in the virtual classroom
- Virtual poetry readings
- Virtual events
- Sign up for a Poem-a-Day
- Participate in Shelter in Poems
- Share a #pocketpoem on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30thNational Poetry Month Poster, which was designed by 10th grader Samantha Aikman of Richmond, Vermont.
“Academy of American Poets Announces Virtual Programs for National Poetry Month as People Turn to Poems in an Unprecedented Moment.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, 31 Mar. 2020, poets.org/national-poetry-month.