April is National Poetry Month.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Join us in the Library for a series of activities designed to celebrate poems and poetry.  Stay tuned to the Library Tumblr blog for details…


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March 21st is World Poetry Day

Poetry contributes to creative diversity, by questioning anew our use of words and things, our modes of perception and understanding of the world. Through its associations, its metaphors and its own grammar, poetic language is thus conceivably another facet of the dialogue among cultures. Diversity in dialogue, free flow of ideas by word, creativity and innovation. World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities.

Every year on 21 March UNESCO celebrates the World Poetry Day. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during the UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.



Poetry in Voice
New to ESA in March 2012…  Poetry in Voice, a national poetry recitation competition.  “Compete for $75,000 in cash awards, school stipends, and travel … by learning poems by heart.”  Visit Poetry in Voice every day to check out “The Poem of the Day.”

ESA is now signed up for the 2014 Poetry in Voice National Competition.  Listen for announcements, or watch for blog postings, as the time to begin preparations approaches.

Key dates:

  • TBA: Online Semifinals video submission period opens
  • TBA: Deadline for submitting videos for Online Semifinals
  • Spring 2014: The National Finals in Vancouver BC.  Qualifying students and their teachers will be invited to attend two days of poetry recitation, poetry workshops, and cultural outings.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize

By funding the Griffin Poetry Prize – the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, from any country in the world – the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.

Awarded annually, in June.




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 The Word on the Street

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word.
Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.



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Poetry 180

A poem a day.  Arguably intended for American high school students, the site opens with a poem from the former American poet laureate Billy Collins, it is an interesting collection.  Well worth checking out.



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From their website…

This is the home of our podcast, where we’ll be posting audio poetry candy (hopefully) every month. Check out the Archives to find past episodes. If you’re daring, and you’re interested in being a Poetry Adventure Correspondent click over to the Contact section and shoot us an email or send us an audio comment (90 seconds or else) by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the website.

Come on a Poetry Adventure with us!




Record a Poem for Mother’s Day
A great Mother’s Day idea.

…head over to poetryfoundation.org, where you can find a selection of Mother’s Day poems – or search for your own. You can even follow the directions here to join the Record-a-Poem group on Soundcloud and then share your poem with Mom. It’ll be better than any Hallmark card, that’s for sure.