April is National Poetry Month! I hope you'll celebrate by reading a new poet or two and writing some poems, too. Here are some ways to get started:
Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 21. Print out a poem or copy a poem down and carry it around for the day. Share it with your friends.
Sign up for a poem a day emailed to you by the Academy of American Poets or the Poetry Foundation (with audio.)
Write in response to a prompt a day from Robert Brewer at Writers Digest.
Listen to poets read their poems at Fishouse or watch video poems by Motionpoems.
Shop independent bookstores for poetry. Washington D.C. based Politics and Prose bookstore is featuring poetry collections on their website.
Read and support (subscribe!) a poetry literary magazine. Find one through Poets & Writers' database.
If you're in D.C., hear Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and A. Van Jordan read their original sonnets at the Folger Shakespeare Library on April 11th and attend Split this Rock's Poetry Festival April 14 - 17.
If you're in NYC, visit Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop or Poets House.