Starting the first day of April, writers and readers all over the country will be celebrating National Poetry Month. Whether it’s attending organized poetry readings, donating books to academic institutions and after-school programs, or, a DPL favorite, participating in the 30 for 30 writing series, NPM is a chance for everyone to appreciate poetry and mark its importance in our culture and lives.
NPM was first organized back in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase poetry awareness nationwide. It was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and has become a popular choice for publishers to publish poetry books as well as for teachers and librarians to utilize poetry in their classes.
One way in which people celebrate NPM is by participating in the 30 for 30 writing series. The 30/30 challenge is to write one poem a day for the entire month, and has become a popular way for writers to share their work with others on social media. Some have even continued past day 30 to write a poem each day until to the following April. Yes, our own staff member, Donny Jackson, wrote 365 poems because he is that insane and dope. If you see him, ask him about the release of his next book, because we all are waiting and wanting to read it.
If you are participating in the 30/30, we at Da Poetry Lounge would love to share your work. Use the hashtag #dplwrites at the end of your Instagram or Twitter post and it’ll grace the front page of our website.