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Celebrating Poetry: Home

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with virtual read outs, "Poems from Home", and other poetry resources throughout the month.

Celebrating Poetry

National Poetry Month

"National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Now, as we face unprecedented circumstances, National Poetry Month has taken on new meaning and importance." (The Academic of American Poets)

Poet Laureate - Ada Limon

Ways to Share Poetry

  • Stop by the Circulation Desk (CCC 130) and pick up a poem on April 27th - Poem in your Pocket Day
  • Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem. 
  • Email a poem to your friends, family, neighbors.
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or another social media platform you use. 
  • Add a poem to your email footer.
  • Leave a poem in an unexpected place for someone to discover. 

Past Readings from our Campus Community

UWSP Archivist Kyle Neill reads "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe

There Once was a Puffin by Florence Page Jaques
Read by Sue Kissinger, Academic and Career Advising Center

My Courageous Life by David White
Read by Gretel Stock, Dean of University College

The River's Gift by Peggy Turnville
Read by Laurie Petri, Academic Librarian, UWSP@Marshfield

Falling Ship by Michael Estanich
Read by Michael Estanich, Chair, Dept. of Theatre & Dance

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
Read by David Arnold, Department of English

To Earthward by Robert Frost
Read by Ross Tangedal, Dept of English & Cornerstone Press

Yes by Rudy Francisco
Read by Carrie Kline, University Library

Audio Poems From Home

Rainstick by Seamus Heaney
Read by Christopher Yahnke, College of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Poet Laureate - Nicholas Gulig

E-Books of Poetry

Poems for Kids

Try Blackout Poetry!