​7 Creative Ways to Honor Poetry Month in April


National Poetry Month sprung to life in 1996, thanks to the Academy of American Poets. Since then, it’s quickly become one of the largest, most widely celebrated literary events in the entire world, and with good reason. Poets and poetry are an essential part of our collective culture, and everyone could benefit to know more about this expressive form of literature.

Whether you’re a long-time poetry appreciator or have just recently discovered how magical poetry can really be, this April is the time to join teachers, scholars, readers, and publishers in celebrating National Poetry Month. Consider honoring the occasion in one of the following ways.

1. Select and honor a favorite poem.

A great way to kick off the month is to pay tribute to your favorite poem. If you don’t have one yet, visit your local library and check out an anthology filled with best-loved favorites. Make a note of which poems move you and consciously try to analyze why. If you already have a favorite poem, consider writing a blog article or making a social media post about why it means so much to you and sharing it with your social circle.

2.Write a poem for someone special.

Poetry is quite possibly one of the most moving ways writers choose to express themselves. What better way to honor that than by writing your own poem for someone else? Think of someone you know who might especially need or appreciate the gift of a poem this April and write one from your heart. The person you choose could be anyone, from a beloved grandparent, to a neighbor, to a local restaurant owner whose services you especially appreciate.


3.Start a “Poem a Day” project.

Consider placing your favorite collection of poetry books on your nightstand. Start a ritual to read a different poem each day in the morning or at night. Read the poem you select slowly and carefully, taking the time to savor the language and contemplate the author’s meaning. Are you an aspiring poet who’s been looking to increase your output? Try challenging yourself to write a poem every day instead.

4.Listen to a poet speak about their craft.

National Poetry Month is just as much about the poets as it is the poems themselves. Consider setting aside some time to listen to real poets speak about the creative process or recite their own work. Not only is this a great way to get yourself excited about reading or writing poetry this April, but you’ll learn a thing or two as well.

5.Observe “Poem in Your Pocket” Day.

Looking for a great way to take your poetry appreciation experience offline for a while? Consider celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th. To participate, all you need to do is select a poem that means something to you. Print it out or write it down and carry it with you as you go about your day. Feel free to read it to yourself or share it with other people. You can even share it on Twitter by posting to the hashtag #PocketPoem.


6.Start a poetry appreciation group.

If you’ve been meaning to start a club or discussion group dedicated to poetry, now’s the time to make that idea a reality. The exact theme of the group is up to you. Do you think poetry is best enjoyed in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere? Start a poetry reading club that meets once a month at your home over wine and cheese.
Want to share your love of writing poetry with others like you? Start a poets club that gathers once a week to compose together and share ideas. Think African American poets deserve more attention? Start a Facebook group dedicated to celebrating their work. You can also take a local angle and research poets who lived in your community.

7.Sign up for a poetry workshop or class.

National Poetry Month is a great time to make good on your promises to learn more about poetry on a long-term basis. Gather your friends and sign up for a poetry workshop together. Learning about poetry from qualified instructors is a great way to expand your horizons and explore your interest further.