Whether you're looking to celebrate National Poetry Month during April or throughout the year, we have plenty of resources to help you get started on your poetic journey.
O, Miami (super cool and creative example of how a city celebrates poetry in April)
Dodge Poetry Foundation (awesome New Jersey-based poetry festival that also has a lot of great online resources for teachers; focuses on BIPOC poets)
AWP (amazing organization that hosts an annual conference for poets & writers, hosts workshops, curates information about MFA programs)
Split This Rock (poetry organization that encourages social engagement; hosts festivals, workshops, programs; website includes a poetry database)
MFA programs (AWP's guide to writing programs; we could also do some wider content on MFA programs in general)
Cave Canem - "the major watering hole / and air pocket for black poetry"
Midwest Poets Series (a poetry reading series, hosted by Rockhurst, that is currently being offered virtually)
The Writers Place (a local nonprofit resource for writers; they host readings and workshops)
UMKC Creative Writing Program (a world class graduate program for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and playwriting)
Poetry Writing Prompts:
Write a piece based on/inspired by a particular letter of the alphabet. Is there a particular letter that you love, or is there one that haunts you?
Research a fairytale and write a new imagining of it.
Write a poem/piece from the voice of an ancestor, or as a dialogue with an ancestor. It could be a literal ancestor, or someone you aren't related to, but with whom you feel a connection.
Take a line from a song/poem/piece of fiction and make it your title. Write a new piece based on that title.
Choose a small town you’ve visited and loved, and write a piece inspired by it.
Research poetic forms (the sonnet, villanelle, haiku, ghazal) and write a poem inspired by a form you've never explored before.
Carry a notebook and pay attention to the words all around you (on commercials, cereal boxes, street signs, websites). Collect interesting words in your notebook, and use them to build a word bank. Create a new poem based on the words you find.
Write an ode to your favorite place in Kansas City. It could be a park, or your favorite neighborhood, restaurant, cafe, popcorn stand, stadium, library branch. Explore the sights, sounds, tastes, feel and smell of the place.