It's April 1, & you know it...
...it's the start of NaPoMo 2022 (National Poetry Month).
Not that we don't need poetry every single day of the year (we do!!!) --
However, it's fun to join everyone else who's using this time to celebrate poetry and poets everywhere.
Here's some of what I'm doing for NaPoMo that I'm inviting you to check out (and share with others):
1. 30 postcards from my Poetry Postcard Project "Dear waterways, dear foothills; dear egret, dear oyster bed ~ will appear in this Blog section of my website— one on each day of April. So much cool art, lovely words, and reflections on place as well as the environment!
2. Over at the Virginia Poets Database I'm building with lots of help from everybody (extra special shoutouts to Karen Vaughan and Tope Larayetan), check out the the "National Poetry Spotlight 2022" for a new poem prompt every day this April. They're from VA- and VA-affiliated poets, and I promise, they will inspire you!
(And while you're at it, if you identify as a VA poet, please consider submitting your information to the VA Poets Database.)
Friends, mark your calendars!
Join us Saturday April 02 at 4:00 PM EDT in a program presenting the High School winners, Va. YOUNG POETS IN THE COMMUNITY ~
Renee Anderson, Shannie Porter, Yayra McGodfred, Leia Morissey, Areen Syed, Yunseo Chung, Adaevia Jones, Stephanie Gomez, Charlotte Maleski, Kashvi Ramani, and Leah Gunn
will read from their work, and talk about their public poetry projects.
The program is free and open to the public - find the Zoom registration link here.
These #VaYoungPoets are #ChangingTheWorldOnePoemAtATime!
Areen Syed in open mic
On Friday evening 18 March, Areen Syed, one of the Va. Young Poets in the Community winners (HS category), participated in "Through the Grapevine," a new Open Mic series at The Commune in downtown Norfolk. She read 2 fiery and big-hearted poems that blew everyone away.
..Aaand CONGRATULATIONS anew to ELAINE ZHANG, one of the Va. Young Poets in the Community winners— this afternoon she was named winner of The Poetry Society of Virginia's Student Contest, Spoken Word category (judged by Prince Wiliam County Poet Laureate Kim B. Miller)!
Confetti! 2 Young Poets in the Community place in Poetry Society of Virginia Student Contests
15 April ~ Poetry Postcard Project
"In these bruising days,