Monday, March 08, 2010

Coming Soon - National Poetry Month!

So April is not the cruelest month (or maybe it is depending on how you look at it), but it is also National Poetry Month...

Here are a few things that will be going on for National Poetry Month you may want to take part in--

1) Poetry Book Giveaway:
I'll have more details posted about this event this weekend, but basically that bloggers offer 2 books of poems to giveaway to their blog readers (one can be a book they wrote, another a book of poems by a favorite poet). That will be happening here at Book of Kells - I'll create a master list with the participants, so you can surf around to different blogs and learn about new poets and hopefully win a book or two.

Check back this weekend, March 13/14 for more details on how to participate.

2) Poem-a-Day:
Robert Lee Brewer is hosting the Poem a day challenge where poets are challenged to write a poem a day through all of April. 30 poems in 30 days... you might be interested.

3) 30 Writing Exercises for National Poetry Month.
At the end of March, I'm going to post 30 writing exercises to do for National Poetry Month.

4) More about National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets...


    April is National Poetry Month. The 3rd Annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest Challenges Kids to Write Sonnets to Spaniels, Prose for Persian Cats

    Colorado Springs, CO (March1, 2010) –April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month.
    To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest ( To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner ( and Flashlight Press ( ).

    Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12). One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge.

    In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.

    All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

    For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit

  2. Kelli,
    I got your book Small Knots! I am so enjoying your realness and the loveliness of your poetry, even the heartbreaking poems that choke me up. I am including your book in a list of poetry books I am recommending on my blog tomorrow!

    blessings to you


  3. Thank you, Shona! I so appreciate hearing that.

    Jessie-- ME too!

  4. Hi Kelli,
    Count me in on the blogger two book giveaway. A great idea for National Poetry Month! I wonder if there is a way to take a random posting as the winner rather than "be the 23rd caller" -- do you know?


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