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Cleveland dives into National Poetry Month

One week into National Poetry Month, and things are just warming up, figuratively and literally—welcome spring!--here in Cleveland.

The Academy of American Poets led the initiative in 1996 to create National Poetry Month to “widen attention to the art of poetry” and “increase the visibility and availability of poetry.” Each year, the Academy sends out a daily Poem-a-Day emailing during the month of April. On their website, they offer suggestions for teachers and librarians wishing to participate, they create special promotional days like “Poem in Your Pocket Day”, and they even offer a list of 30 suggestions—one per day—for the month.

Here in Northeast Ohio, we are truly blessed with a regular schedule of offerings for poets, and one could almost argue that any month is National Poetry Month here in Cleveland. But in addition to your regularly scheduled series—like those sponsored by Mac’s Backs, Brunswick Art Works, Deep Cleveland, Lix & Kix, Firelands Writing Center, the Brandt Gallery, and the Poet’s Haven, just to name a few—a smattering of special events will be taking place throughout the month.

National Poet Laureates will be touching down in or near Cleveland, libraries will be holding special events, journals are being released, and, yes, even more!

Through the end of the month, I’ll do my best to offer coverage of these events as they approach. If you know of a special upcoming event that you’d like to see covered, please drop me an email to suggest it.

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