Celebrate National Poetry Month at Alkek with Poem in Your Pocket Day

Alkek Library is celebrating National Poetry Month with Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is brought to you by the Academy of American Poets. People all across the United States are participating by choosing a poem to carry with them all day and share with others. At the library, we have printed copies of several poems from the Academy’s website, Poets.org. Come by to pick up your poem today!

National Poetry Month is an initiative of the Academy and has been celebrated since 1996. Various organizations and government agencies are involved in the celebration. Educational leaders, publishers, poets, and other art related organizations have put together events and activities for the public to participate in this cultural event. Other resources to read about poets and poetry are Poetry.org, The Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.

To conclude Poetry Month, the Library of Congress will host an online panel to discuss how the news media promotes poetry. This free webinar will be held April 30, 2014, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT. Registration is required. More information can be found at http://loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions.html. The session is hosted by Rob Casper (Head, Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress) and will be joined by Michael Melia (PBS NewsHour Senior Broadcast Producer) and Craig Teicher (Director of Digital Operations at Publisher’s Weekly and poetry critic for National Public Radio).