The month of April holds many events and celebrations, but one that is overlooked and underrated is National Poetry Month.
Poetry and creative writing is an outlet for many people to express themselves, and it’s important to Southeastern student that this art form stays relevant.
Patricia Fowler, senior biology major, says that writing has always been something she loves to do. “I feel like poetry is a lost art and is often forgotten but poetry is so much more than rhyming words it’s a way to find words that you’re struggling to form. It’s a great form of therapy too”, said Fowler.
The Academy of American Poets began National Poetry Month in 1996, and over the past 21 years, it has evolved the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in today’s culture.
The month is celebrated in a variety of ways all over the country. Many cities and communities host multiple events such as readings, festivals or conferences. If there is no event going on in the local area, the AAP suggests many easier ways to celebrate, like participating in ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day’ which is held on April 27 and they suggest celebrating by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools and workplaces as well as on social media.
Another easy way to celebrate is ‘Poem-a-Day’ which is the first and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by talented, undiscovered poets. Beginning in 2006, Poem-a-Day is now distributed thru email and social media to 350,000+ readers free of charge.
Senior history major Danielle Savoie said she wishes there was more of a active poetry culture on campus. Savoie said, “You never really hear anything about a poetry club or readings. I think it would be cool if students were encouraged to write and had a place to share them. Maybe if we had a student poetry night or something it would encourage more students to get creative and start writing new work”.
For the Fall 2017 semester, Professor Alison Pelegrin will be teaching a Special Topics in Creative Writing: Hybrid Forms in Poetry and Prose class. This is a ideal class for students to take if they have any interest or talent when it comes to writing poems or others types of creative writing.