During the month of April and beyond, the Academy of American Poets brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year marks the 16th celebration of National Poetry Month, as we spotlight the power of poetry to inspire and delight.
Poets.org offers “a poem a day” as a way to celebrate, along with “Poem In Your Pocket Day” on Thursday, April 26, 2012.
Individuals are encouraged to select a poem that they love during National Poetry Month then carry it with them to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
Local organizations and events celebrating National Poetry Month:
Ohioana, a resource that collects, promotes, and preserves the work of Ohio writers, musicians and other artists, provides the following:
“Essays and sketches on noted Ohio poets, many from the Ohio Legacy Series, a series of essays featuring various contemporary Ohio authors and artists writing about how being from Ohio or how the work of other Ohio writers has influenced their own work.”
Ohio Resource Center
Ohio Resource Center provides ORC·On National Poetry Month, an e-pub that spotlights excellent poetry resources–such as 30 Poets/30 Days!–and ideas that teachers can use in their classrooms.
Ohio Poetry Association
National Poetry Month Publishing Workshop
with M. Scott Douglass, Publisher of Main Street Rag
To celebrate National Poetry Month this year, OPA members are invited to attend a publishing workshop where they can get great ideas and advice to help them compile a manuscript for a book or chapbook.
Thursday, April 26
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bexley Public Library
2411 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209
Meet the Authors: Celebrating National Poetry Month
Three published poets from the Westerville Poetry Group share their work. An open mic gathering and discussion will follow the readings.
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting Room B
126 S State St,
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277/ 614-882-7277 x2164
Writer’s Block—Columbus’ premier poetic venue–offers poetry open mic with featured poets, slams and other assorted poetic devices.
Open mic @ 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday, poetry slam every last Wednesday
Kafe Kerouac 2250 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43201 (614) 299-2672
Admission: $5 at the door
A spiritual connection with poetry:
As born-again believers, Christians are said to be new creations in Christ, and we praise God that He has given us all things richly to enjoy. Indeed, Ephesians 2:10 declares that “. . .we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The word “workmanship” is translated from the Greek word poiema, which means masterpiece, a glorious creation, a centerpiece of attention, as the French would say, le piece de resistance, or showpiece. Of course, the Greek word poiema is transliterated into our English word poem, which in the minds of many people is always a “masterpiece” or glorious creation. So that the people of God represent the real poetry of life, for which we praise God. We do not just wait until April to extol the beauty of poetry, but every day we recognize and celebrate this cherished literary form.
Scott Woods describes the diverse Poetry Scene in Columbus in the accompanying video: A Great Day in Columbus: