Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Write a Poem a Day to Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

Are you ready for National Poetry Month?

Many poets, seasoned and new, will challenge themselves to write a poem a day throughout the month. The writers who complete the challenge end the month with thirty new drafts to edit and revise. What a gift to have so many new drafts!

Whether the poems end up in publishable form or not doesn’t matter. The goal is to practice your craft: literally, practice writing. Everyone from pianists to long distance runners practice; why shouldn’t poets?

I'll admit that I’ve never succeeded in writing a new poem draft every day, but I’m committed to trying this National Poetry Month. Like everyone else, I get distracted by other things. Not this year. It is said that it takes twenty-one days to develop a new habit and I would like to make a daily writing practice a habit.

Will you join me? Remember that the poems will be drafts; no piece of writing can be completed in one seating. There is no pressure to write about anything in particular or in a particular way.

If you choose not to commit to writing a new poem for thirty days, there are other ways to participate. You can read a poem a day by signing up to have a poem emailed to you from The Academy of American Poets, Knopf Publishing, or other poetry sites. You might decide to attend a poetry reading, browse an independent bookstore or visit your local library’s poetry section.

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Anonymous said...

April is National Poetry Month. The 3rd Annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest Challenges Kids to Write Sonnets to Spaniels, Prose for Persian Cats

Colorado Springs, CO (March1, 2010) –April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month.
To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest ( To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner ( and Flashlight Press ( ).

Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12). One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge.

In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.

All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit