According to the Academy of American Poets, “National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”
As the website poets.org explains, the origins of National Poetry Month began when “the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March). The academy founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 “with an aim to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms, increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media, encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books and encourage support for poets and poetry.”
The IRC celebrates National Poetry Month with a display of books that can be checked out and poetry trivia. If you consider youself a poetry expert, stop by and see how many questions you can answer correctly.
All the books on the display can be check out.