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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.

  • Websites/Organizations

  • Local Resources:

    • 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. 

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