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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Big Read programs and reading guides

Posted on April 2nd, 2021

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a chance to explore the importance of poetry in our culture.

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, and as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programming series, many programs are planned in April.

— Lake Land College Library will host a book discussion of Joy Harjo’s latest book of poetry, “An American Sunrise.” This virtual event is at noon April 14 and is free and open to the public.

— The EIU Department of English will host a reading and presentation by author Kim Blaeser at 6 p.m. April 19. This virtual program is titled “Native Arts and Indigenous Flourshing.”

— The Tarble Arts Center will present “Be an Animal: A Workshop with Megan Kaminski” at 10 a.m. April 20 on Zoom. This program is designed for children in grades 3-5.

— Finally, the Coles County Arts Council and Academy of Lifelong Learning will present a discussion and workshop, “The Knowing was Always Right,” at 6 p.m. April 22. This virtual event is open to the public.

For more details on these special programs to celebrate National Poetry Month, click here.

To learn more about U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and her many literary works, visit this guide created by librarian Janice Derr. Harjo, a writer and musician, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

How else can you celebrate National Poetry Month? Read a favorite poem or discover a new poet! Here’s a helpful guide to get you started.

Happy National Poetry Month!

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