Since 1996, April has been designated as National Poetry Month. Whether you’re an aspiring poet or simply a lover of poems, April is the month to celebrate all things poetry. Here’s a list of daily to-dos to help you make the most of this poetic month. So, without further ado, let the 22nd Poetry Party begin! May the events be ever in your favor. (Yes, I’m aware The Hunger Games has nothing to do with poetry. Just roll with it.)
April 1: Kick things off by requesting a free copy (while supplies last) of the National Poetry Month 2018 poster from poets.org
April 2: Visit Central Library and build a poetry terrarium on April 2.
April 3: Enter the Griffin Roar’s National Poetry Month Contest! Submit your work or encourage a friend to submit their work, and potentially win a gift basket including an Amazon gift card.
April 4: Fun fact: The creation of National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Check out this website for more facts on National Poetry Month.
April 5: If you can manage to gather your entire family for a couple of hours, head to Divoll Library’s poetry event to create a poem based on your family’s history.
April 6: Attend an open mic. Urb Poetry holds a weekly open mic every Friday at Legacy Books and Café. It’s free! Who doesn’t love free events?
April 7: If you’re feeling confident, try reading your own poetry at an open mic. Go on, I believe in you!
April 8: Not feeling that confident, but still want others to know about your poetry? Try submitting your work to the Griffin Roar for publication! There’s still time to enter our National Poetry Month Contest.
April 10: And if you’re too lazy to start your own club, join one!
April 12: Okay, giving up your Netflix is a lot to ask, I know. Try listening to a poetry album instead. Reyna Biddy’s I Love My Love is a great place to start.
April 13: Attend the 100 Boots Poetry Event and hear readings from poets Layli Long Soldier and Douglas Kearney.
April 14: If you’re interested in writing poetry, but have no idea where to start, consider registering for ENG 311 (Poetry Writing) for next Fall.
April 15: Are you a member of the Selfie Generation? Well, have I got a photo-op for you! Head to a local poet related landmark and selfie away. T. S. Eliot’s house, Maya Angelou’s house, and William Burroughs star are great places to start.
April 16: Head to the Contemporary Art Museum to hear readings from poets, Joe Aguilar and Michael Nye as part of River Styx Reading Series.
April 17: Test your poetry knowledge by taking a fun quiz, because who doesn’t love a good quiz?
April 18: Didn’t do too well on that quiz? Visit poetryfoundation.org and brush up on your poetry facts. Might I suggest a few fellow Missourians: T. S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Alice C. Rollins.
April 19: Consider yourself a poetry connoisseur? Well, try creating your own anthology of poems and sharing it with your friends. (Also, today is the last day to enter Griffin Roar’s National Poetry Month Contest!).
April 20: Attend The Saint Louis Poetry Slam and Urb Arts, a poetry contest judged by the audience. It’s like American Idol for poetry, minus Simon Cowell.
April 21: Grab some friends and have a poetry movie marathon.
April 22: This one’s for the foodies out there. Host a dinner party, with a menu consisting of food inspired by poetry! Eat This Poem has amazing recipes, all inspired by poems.
April 23: April 23 is Shakespeare Day (in the UK, which is kind of like the US, but not really)! Dedicate the entire day to good ole Willie Shakes by reading some sonnets. There are plenty.
April 24: Attend Poetry at the Point on April 24 where poets John Findura, Anna Guzon, and Matthew Freeman read their work.
April 25: What do you mean you haven’t checked out these TED Talks about poetry? Poetry month is almost over. Go, go now!
April 26: April 26 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem in your pocket and share it with others throughout the day.
April 27: Visit one of these unique book stores and treat yourself to a poetry book!
April 28: Abandon all responsibilities and dedicate the whole day to a 24-hour poetry read-a-thon. Just don’t forget to eat!
April 29: If you’re into art, try creating an ekphrasis poem about your favorite work of art.
April 30: It’s the last day of National Poetry Month. This is your final chance to partake in the poetry extravaganza! Hear poets Aaron Coleman and Eileen G’Sell read their work at Left Bank Books National Poetry Month Reading.