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Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd concludes National Poetry Month with members of Jump Start Art KC.
National Poetry Month 2023
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.
As a special offering this April, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón has selected twenty new poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series as part of a collaboration with the Library of Congress. Thanks in part to our National Poetry Month partners and sponsors, each April the Academy is able to offer activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join the celebration:
• Order (for free) and display the official National Poetry Month poster
• Learn how to celebrate at home
• Learn how to celebrate in the classroom
• Join the Academy of American Poets for its virtual Poetry & the Creative Mind gala
• Find poetry readings and events on our Poetry Near You calendar, and add your own
• Encourage students in grades five through twelve to participate in the Dear Poet Project
• Sign up for Poem-a-Day and enjoy a free daily poem in your inbox curated this April by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón
• Follow the thousands of celebrations taking place on social media with the official hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter and Instagram @POETSorg
• Share a #PocketPoem on Poem in Your Pocket Day
• Make a gift to the Academy of American Poets
• Add the official National Poetry Month logo to your events www.poets.org/national -poetry-month
Jump Start Art is a non-profit foundation organized to assist emerging artists by connecting them to community resources in theater, visual arts, literary art, spoken word, music and dance. We accomplish this through classes in these arts as well as recording demos and publishing written works.
We are an organization made up of artists, poets, actors, dancers, musicians and lovers of art who have benefited from the generosity of others and choose to give back some of what we have been given. We do this to build up the community we live in, reduce violence, enrich our cultural lives and to fill in some of the void left by reduced funding of the arts in the public schools.
We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.