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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

a round up of National Poetry Month stuff

April is National Poetry Month

in both Canada and the USA. I think it’s helpful that poetry is given the limelight for a change, but I am also against any kind of border or concept of ownership. numerous institutions celebrate the month and that is a great thing, but poetry belongs to all.

the first initiative I’d like to tell you about is my own, via my micropress, AngelHousePress.


AngelHousePress is pleased to present NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2016, a month-long exaltation of poetry that transcends boundaries. In the next 30 days, please visit the site for sound poetry, visual poetry, asemic writing and poetry from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, India, Italy, Romania, Tunisia, UK and USA. NationalPoetryMonth.ca was established seven years ago to celebrate the nation of poetry as something that is without borders or constraints or authority of any kind.

2. Found Poetry Review: IMPROMPTU

is a thirty-day-series of experimental writing prompts. starting April 1, you can  go to the link and craft poems in response to a prompt by numerous guides. The Found Poetry Review has been offering interesting writing exercises during National Poetry Month for several years and has gained quite a following from poets and readers of experimental work.


Organized by Geof Huth, who refers to it as the smallest poetry celebration of the month. it is nine years old and going strong.


has the aim to encourage 301 Canadians, either individually or in groups, to read, recite or perform a poem that you love before the end of poetry month.


is celebrating poetry of the road. with funding by the Canada Council for the Arts, it has supported a number of readings and other initiatives. “Since 1988, the League of Canadian Poets has been bringing together schools, publishers, booksellers, libraries, literary organizations, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry in Canada.” It has also joined forces with the Academy of American Poets Foundation to celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 21. If you’re in Ottawa, keep checking the Bywords.ca calendar of events celebrating NPM 16. And please check the Poets.ca site for events happening all over Canada.


has several projects on the go, including Dear Poet,  “a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.”


If you know of other National Poetry Month initiatives, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. Remember you don’t have to wait for anyone else or an official organization to allow you to explore and celebrate poetry. Go to readings, buy chapbooks, zines and books at indie book stores and from small press publishers. Write poems. Go beyond the limits of what you consider a poem to be. Read weird and whacky. Be a rebel. 

This just in: Justin Million is the Synapse poet in residence for April

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