National Poetry Month

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GET INVOLVED WITH NPM

NPM ARCHIVES

National Poetry Month began in the US in 1996, spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets on the steps of a post office in New York City. There, the story goes, Academy staff members handed out copies of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land,” which begins, “April is the cruellest month…” to individuals waiting in line to mail their tax returns. Established in Canada in 1998, NPM now brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.

April also celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day each year! The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. For more information about this initiative, visit poets.ca/pocketpoem.

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2018 WILL CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NPM IN CANADA!

This year, we’re excited to see what all of you bring to National Poetry Month. After 20 years and over a decade of themed Aprils, we’re letting you take center stage this year to celebrate National Poetry Month in ways that are meaningful to you! We will be sharing some contents, lists, and recommendations, but more than anything we can’t wait to see what Canada’s biggest poetry fans will celebrate this April. What will you read? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry on stage for the first time?

While you’re planning, check out some of our resources if you need a place to start: our “Get Involved” blog post suggests many ways to celebrate April, from hosting an event to setting a 30-day writing challenge; last year, we put together a blog post of suggested NPM activites for young readers that can be faciliated by educators, parents, and librarians; and we rounded up a few little ways to work poetry into your day-to-day here!

 

Find all of our NPM posts on the NPM blog!

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ARCHIVES

2017: TIME

2016: THE ROAD

2015: FOOD

2014: POETRY CITY

2013: FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY!

2012BALANCE

2011: NURTURE/NOURRIRE

2010: CLIMATE CHANGES

2009: POETRY PLANET

2008: POETRY WITHOUT BORDERS

2007: POETRY IN THE FUTURE

2006: LCP CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

2005 POSTER (no theme)

2004: POETS IN OUR COMMUNITIES