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Some links and resources for National Poetry Month


Here are a few links which may be of interest for poetry reading during National Poetry Month. Remember that you can look up authors and titles of poetry books on our catalog, accessible via the library website.
  • Public school teachers may be interested in some free activities and lesson plans from Scholastic here. Teachers: also note that the Academy of American Poets, which I linked above, also has some links of interest for teachers.
  • The National Council of Teachers of English has a series of resources for teachers and other links related to National Poetry Month here.
  • There is also a National Poet Laureate. You can learn about the program and find out about the laureates from the Library of Congress here.
  • Where did the concept of poet laureate come from? Wikipedia has a nice overview here.
  • Want to read some prize winning poetry? Here are some links:
    • Learn about the winners of the prestigious Bollingen Prize in Poetry, which is administered by Yale University.
    • There is a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Find a list of the poetry winners here in Wikipedia. Here is the official Pulitzer Prize site; however, it is not as easy to get a list from it.
    • The Claremont (California) Graduate School administers the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Find a list of the winners here.
    • The National Book Foundation, which awards the prestigious National Book Award, includes poetry as one of their categories. Visit their website where you can browse through the award lists for reading ideas.
    • The National Book Critics Circle also has its own awards, and they include poetry as well. Find a list of current (2007) winners here and previous winners here.
    • The PEN Literary Awads also feature poetry categories. The 2008 awards will be announced on April 21st. You can learn about the award and find lists of winners here.
Published by root on 21 Apr

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