National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to bring awareness and increase appreciation of poetry in the United States.
Your library offers a variety of ways to participate in the creation and reading of poetry. Check out locally made poetry in 33 Minnesota Poets, or read the check out work of Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen.
Find more inspiration from book lists, online resources and events at your library.
Poetry Slam! – Teen poets can celebrate poetry month with a competition reciting their original poetry at Eden Prairie Library, Thursday, April 5, 6-7 p.m.
Poet's Corner - Often we write when we feel sad or disturbed, but poet Wendy Brown-Baez will guide us to write from joy, hope and love. We'll find ways to expand our poems from the personal to the universal. At Walker Library, Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 1-3 p.m. Poems created during this series will be read on Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:45 p.m. at Walker Library.
Black Poets in the Stacks - Celebrate the ways that poetry lives in all spaces and forms in Black American expression from jazz, "playing the dozens," hip-hop and culinary arts to activism and performance art at Webber Park Library, Tuesday, April 10, 6-7 p.m.
Author Talk: 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin - Join us as 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry, discusses her Korean heritage, immigration story and Asian American experience, and how they informed her work as a poet at Brooklyn Park Library, Saturday, April 14, 2-3 p.m.
A Poetry Hootenanny - Poets Francine Marie Tolf, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Stanley Kusunoki and Van Anderson will read from their latest books in honor of National Poetry Month. Then members of the audience will have a chance to read one poem they have written. At Edina Library, Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Register online or Ask Us.
Autism and Poetry - Poet and teacher Chris Martin will speak on how new research shows that the autistic brain is hardwired for metaphor and imagery, meaning children and adults with autism may be natural poets. He will lead the audience in some basic writing exercises that can help you use poetry in your own lives. At Walker Library, Saturday, April 28, 2-3 p.m.