Sunday, March 30, 2008

In Celebration of National Poetry Month

April 1st is nearly here. The first day of April is not only the beginning of National Poetry Month—it’s also the first blogiversary of Wild Rose Reader! It’s hard to believe that I launched my solo blog one year ago—on April 1, 2007. I’ve been thinking of ways to celebrate both poetry month and my blogiversary.

Last year, I posted an original poem-a-day through the month of April. I don’t know if I’ll be doing that this year. I really need to focus on polishing my poetry manuscripts and sending them out to publishers. I had planned to do that last summer—and then my computer hard drive crashed. I let my attention wander elsewhere. I need to put my poetic nose to the grindstone once again and get back to writing poetry for publication—and not just for my blog. I hope you’ll understand.

National Poetry Month at Wild Rose Reader

Here are some of the things that I do hope to be posting and blogging about during the month of April:

  • Interviews with children’s poets
  • Poetry book reviews
  • Recommendations of teacher resource books about writing poetry
  • Thematic lists of poetry books that could be used across the curriculum
  • I Am Looking for a Poem about…
  • Original poems (not every day)

I will also be giving away children’s poetry books to blog visitors who leave comments at my posts during the month of April. Here’s the schedule for the children’s poetry book drawings:

Schedule for Poetry Book Drawings

Sunday, April 6th: For comments left from April 1st-5th
Sunday, April 13th: For comments left from April 6th-12th
Sunday, April 20th: For comments left from April 13th-April 19th
Sunday, April 27th: For comments left from April 20th-26th
Thursday, May 1st: For comments left from April 27th-30th

From The Academy of American Poets

Poem-A-Day: Would you like to receive a poetry email every day during the month of April from The Academy of American Poets? Click here to sign up.

Celebrate the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 17th. Click here for information. Click here for some Poems for Your Pocket.

From Wild Rose Reader

Resources for National Poetry Month


Greg Pincus said...

I am constantly pointing people your way, Elaine, if they have any interest in poetry for kids. I learn so much myself here that I can't possibly do it justice, so I send 'em to the source. I look forward to April hereabouts.

And happy pre-blogoversary!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Gregory K.,

Thanks for your kind words. I'm looking forward to reading your poetry posts during National Poetry Month!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

This looks fabulous!! I am listing what bloggers are doing and I linked you. Looks like a great month!!

Anonymous said...

Elaine, congratulations on finding focus! I love reading your original poems, but I want them out there where kids will read them, so I'm happy to hear you're submitting!

Happy Poetry Month!

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