National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April marks the month where we celebrate the importance of poetry in our lives. National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to bring about awareness and appreciation of this genre. Some of the goals include reading poems, writing poems, and helping teachers bring poetry into the classroom. As the celebration grows year after year, more resources become available to help people explore and promote poetry. How will you celebrate it?

In case you're unsure where to start, here are 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, one for each day of the month. We hope the suggestions are helpful to discover the poet inside of you!

30 Ideas to Celebrate National Poetry Month

  1. Write Poetry Each Day
  2. Staged: Act Out a Poem
  3. Poetry By Heart: Memorize a Poem
  4. Become a Romantic: Write Seasonal Poetry
  5. Poiku: Create a Pop Haiku (with examples).
  6. Try Performance Poetry!
  7. Explore a New Form!
  8. Practice Poetic Gift Giving Give a poem as a gift to friends and family
  9. Recite Poetry to a Child
  10. (Re)Discover Famous Poets
  11. Be an Inventor: Invent a new Poetry Form
  12. Wake Up with Poetry! Start each day by reading a poem.
  13. Learn how to write an Acrostic Poem and Enter it in a Poetry Contest.
  14. Pictspiration! Try Photo-inspired Poetry
  15. Create Poetic Art! Create Art from a Poem
  16. Build an Inspiration Jar. Keep a jar of words, phrases, ideas, poetry forms. When you want to write but don't have an idea, pull a slip from the jar and be inspired by it.
  17. Poetry Printables For Poem In Your Pocket Day
  18. Pocket A Poem! Tips for Poem in your Pocket Day
  19. Recite Poetry to a Pet: Inflection & Projection
  20. Create a book spine poem
  21. Read a poem backward
  22. Set up an event at your library for people to read aloud their favorite poems.
  23. Write a Haiku
  24. Introduce children to poetry
  25. More Poetry and Pets: Posture & Movement
  26. Turn your favorite movie into a villanelle Write a Hollywood Villanelle
  27. Write a structured poem
  28. Pick up color swatches from a hardware store and write a color poem, using each new shade as a different line.
  29. Pull out words from a published poem and rearrange them to create a found poem
  30. Write a concrete poem (a poem in the shape of the poem’s topic).
Bonus Ideas
  • Read a new book of poetry.
  • Fill a jar with words. Pull out 3-5 to include in a new poem.
  • Listen to a poet read aloud his or her own poetry.

National Poetry Month - Resources From Around the Web

  1. Poets.org offers 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month
  2. Five Poem Templates perfect for Poem in your pocket day, Beginner's Help For Writing poetry
  3. Poetry Foundation offers a Curriculum for teaching African American poetry
  4. Find a poem on Family Friend Poems that touches you and share your story after the poem where it asks, "Were you touched by this poem? Share Your Story"
  5. readwritethink.org shares a Lesson plan for writing a seasonal haiku
  6. Power Poetry provides tips for writing a poem about family or friends.
  7. Poets.org shares a list of 10 poetry books to read aloud to children
  8. Submit your most popular poem to Family Friend Poems, then rate 10 poems while you wait for 10 people to rate yours.
  9. Gayle Danley (via TED-Ed) shares 5 steps to writing slam poetry
  10. The Teacher Studio shares questions to consider when studying a poem
  11. Erin*tegration shares 10 apps to use for creating poetry on the iPad.
  12. Brett Vogelsinger shares 4 reasons to start class each day with a poem
  13. Check out the Shel Silverstein inspired event kits to celebrate National Poetry Month
  14. readwritethink.org provides a lesson plan to inspire poetry through artwork.
  15. Explore blackout poetry a fun way to create poetry without writing and watch a video explaining it.
  16. Be inspired by ThinkWritten's long list of creative writing prompts.
  17. Mrs. Orman's Classroom shares some examples of book spine poems.
  18. Author Marilyn Singer has written many books of poetry, and some of them are compilations of reverse poems (poems that are the same whether read backward and forward). Be sure to check out: Mirror Mirror, Follow Follow and Echo Echo
  19. NoveList shares how to showcase your own Poet Tree to invite others to interact with poetry.
  20. The Writing Center shares tips for how to read and understand a poem
  21. Poetry Printables For Poem In Your Pocket Day

National Poetry Month - Writing Prompts

  1. Describe your favorite childhood memory.
  2. Pick a color and use your senses to describe it.
  3. Write an acrostic about your favorite holiday.
  4. Write a limerick.
  5. Write a poem about a family member.
  6. Write a poem about a dream.
  7. Write a poem about weather (rain, snow, wind, sun, etc.).
  8. Write a poem that includes your five senses.
  9. Write about a memory triggered by a smell.
  10. Write a poem about advice for someone.
  11. Write a poem with a repeating line.
  12. Write a poem about a regret.

Need More Ideas? Here are more writing prompts

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