Join the University Libraries in celebrating National Poetry Month this April, a tradition that began with the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
This year’s celebration takes as inspiration the poem “In This Place (An American Lyric)” by Amanda Gorman. The poem emphasizes the power of poetry to write the future, even within struggle and oppression, and to express hope:
“There’s a poem in this place—
a poem in America
a poet in every American”
Alongside National Poetry Month, we will continue to celebrate the writers and themes of the 2021-2022 Buffs One Read, American Like Me. See our display from April 1-15 in Norlin Library to check out poetry books with themes of cultural identity and belonging, as well as living within multiple cultures in America.
Community members visited Norlin Library on April 12th, 2022 and April 13th, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 to create poetry in community, engage with librarians and receive a pocket poem to carry throughout the day. Read the completed collaborative poem here.