Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy Poetry Month! April is National Poetry Month in Canada, a time when new poems take root and sprout, regardless of the weather outside. This year’s theme “Poetry Planet!” explores poetry related to ideas of land, culture, nature and how we define our country.

Four ways to celebrate National Poetry Month:

1. Write a poem. Or a dozen. Share what you have written with someone you know. You can even send it to me, and I will consider it for publication on blue skies poetry (please check out the submission guidelines here).

2. Attend a poetry reading. I’m sure you won’t have to look far to find one this month. But if you are stuck, and live in Alberta, you might consider attending one of the “Western Swing” events featuring Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC members of the League of Canadian Poets:

· The Western Swing does the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival on April 4.

· Poetry Happy Hour at the Edmonton Poetry Festival on April 25.

· The Western Swing stops in Hinton as part of the Yellowhead Regional Arts Festival on April 26. Poets Lori Cayer, Mari-Lou Rawley, Andy Michaelson, Jenna Butler, Bob Stallworthy, Paulette Dube, Angela Kublik and Dymphny Dronyk read at the Hinton Centre on Switzer Drive from 1-3 pm.

· The Western Swing stops in Jasper for a reading at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre on April 26, from 7-9 pm. Readings by Poets Lori Cayer, Mari-Lou Rawley, Andy Michaelson, Jenna Butler, Bob Stallworthy, Paulette Dube, Angela Kublik and Dymphny Dronyk.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other events at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

3. Read some poetry. Don’t know where to start? Look through the archives here at blue skies poetry, read poems on the National Poetry Month blog, or check some books by members of the League of Canadian Poets from your local library.

4. Watch for poems by Alberta members of the League of Canadian Poets on blueskiespoetry.ca during the week of April 19-25, as we stretch “National Al Purdy Day” into an entire week of tributes to the man widely regarded as Canada’s first true national poet.

Angela Kublik
Editor, blueskiespoetry.ca

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