April is National Poetry Month! #NaPoMo–Prompts galore & other ways you can participate . . .

April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry and it’s not too late to make a plan for poetry month! Whether you want to sign up to write a poem a day or unofficially just plan to crank out some poetry in April, there are plenty of prompts and resources to keep you going strong all month. And that’s not all that’s going on either. Note: Check back often, since I’ll be updating this list as I come across other resources to participate in poetry month.

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. Read more about the creation of National Poetry Month here at Poets.org



Ways to participate

Read/Listen/Watch Poems

New Orleans Poetry Festival 2021 is up and running every day in April! Remember everything is free and open. Check out the calendar here. You can also watch the archive of past events here

The Sierra Poetry Festival is going virtual and free to all! April 10 and 11. Featuring Joy Harjo! Register for free here.

Southern Fried Poetry, Inc – 2021 National Poetry Month Celebration – April 12 @ 6:00 PM – April 16 @ 7:30 PM, free to register here.

National Poetry Month Projects by Lit Mags/Presses (clmp members) – Check out what Apogee Journal, Baobab Press, BOA Editions, Red Hen Press, The Rumpus, The Paris Review, and so many others are up to for NaPoMo!

NaPoWriMo.net 30 poems in 30 daysParticipate in NaPoWriMo.net 30 poems in 30 days prompts and poet web site listings.

Writer’s Digest is running their April Poem-A-Day ChallengeAnyone can participate--there's no registration and no fees. They will post a daily prompt; you write a poem based on the prompt; you post the poem in the comments on their blog. Easy and fun! You can also submit up to 5 poems to be shared on the Writers Digest site.

Literary Events and Resources to Enjoy During National Poetry Month 2021 – via Robert F. Smith, featuring events by Columbia University, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Black History in 2 Minutes.

Writing Prompts for April’s Poem-a-Day Challenge (by Nin Andrews) via Best American Poetry with YouTube videos of the prompts “I’ll be relying on all those poets who so graciously offered up video prompts for Lit Youngstown’s Lit by the Imagination project, poets like Denise Duhamel, Stephanie Strickland, Peter Johnson, Jeff Friedman, Dante Di Stefano, and others. So many others. Every day there’s a new poet and a new prompt here.”

30 poetry prompts for NAPOWRIMO via Carolee Bennett – including links to other online prompts and past poetry prompts

Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic via Adele Kenny  Adele Kenny has a wonderfully inspiring poetry blog The Music In It: Adele Kenny's Poetry Blog chock full of over 300 writing prompts, including her Prompt #349 - Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic. She gives helpful commentary, quotes, resources, and several writing exercises and/or prompts in each post.

The Rise of Quarantine Zines and How to Make Your Own – lots of history and information on how to create and share your own zine.

Writing Prompts for Stay-At-Home Writers – hosted by LiteraryArts.org, shares prompts from established writers and poets throughout the week.

Other Sites with Poetry Prompts

Poetry Super Highway Prompt-A-Day - Submit your own prompt to be posted and read other poet’s prompts during April.

River Heron Review – Poetry Month Prompts with Visuals

Fifty Two Poetry - includes 52 poetry prompts. "Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going."

Poets & Writers puts out regular prompts for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction on their Writing Prompts page. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter and receive them right in your inbox weekly.

Daily Word Prompts by Julie Paul – via her website, www.juliepaul.ca, where you can subscribe for daily emails, or on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/juliepaulthewriter

Ploughshares shared their favorite writing prompts of all-time in this article posted in December. Lots of great prompts in this list, including one I hope to take advantage of: "Write a dialog between your eyes and feet," from Anastacia Tolbert.

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The Learning Network. "The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What's more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."

Bernadette Mayer's list of writing promptsThe Poetry Foundation describes Bernadette Mayer as "an avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets . . . known for her innovative use of language."

If you find other ways to participate or NaPoMo activities, please share them in the comments!

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