National Poetry Month, which takes place every April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Here are three ways you can celebrate, right here in Rochester!
1. Attend a local poetry reading.
For a full list of poetry readings in the New Hampshire seacoast area, visit the following blog compiled by local poet Skip Manning: http://azeyeceaitt.weebly.com/.
2. Support a local literary journal.
3. Take the 30-day NaPoWriMo challenge.
O’Connor, a New York native, recently settled in Rochester after obtaining her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has recently appeared in “The Fourth River,” “Stone Canoe,” “Paper Nautilus,” “So to Speak,” “Arsenic Lobster,” and the “Santa Ana River Review,” among other publications. She is also a former poetry editor of the online literary journal “Barnstorm.”
pOETRY HERE & NOW
Poetry Here & Now is published in Rochester Radar, a special section of Fosters Daily Democrat that is direct mailed to households in Rochester, East Rochester, Farmington, and Gonic.
Poetry Here & Now features the work of poets with a connection to Strafford County. Poems are selected by Katie O'Connor, Poet Laureate of Rochester. Writers of all ages, from beginners to published poets, are invited to share their poetry.
To submit work, send an email containing the following information to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking the button below.
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