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April 16, 2018

We Are Poets & You Know It(s)! Great Reads During National Poetry Month

We Are Poets & You Know It(s)! Great Reads During National Poetry Month

By: Anders Arnold

April is National Poetry Month and this is the perfect time to discover (or re-discover) the beautiful art of poetry. Here’s a great little guide to help you check out some awesome titles, learn more about some modern poets and gather general information about the month-long celebration.
Check these out:

For Teens / Young Adults

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Brown

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Bull by David Elliott

Enchanted Air: two cultures, two wings: a memoir by Margarita Engle

Blue Lipstick: concrete poems by John Grandits

Poisoned Apples: poems for you, my pretty by Christine Heppermann

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

October Mourning: a song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I Just Hope it’s Lethal: poems of sadness, madness and joy by Liz Rosenberg

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Other YA suggestions via GoodReads

1. YA Novels in Verse
2. Young Adult Poetry

For Children & Families

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Love by Matt de la Pena; illustrated by Loren Long

Voice from the Underground Railroad by Kay Winters; illustrated by Larry Day

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

For Older Teens & Adults

Hamilton East Public Library is proud to offer some poetry-themed programs in April. Please make sure to mark your calendars and check out these exciting events:

4/17 – Fishers Verse Come, Verse Served Poetry Slam! (Teens only, Grades 8-12, Fishers Library 6:30-8pm)

4/28 – An Afternoon with Award Winning Poet, Adrian Matejka (Adult program, Fishers Library, 1-2:30pm)

Want more info about some modern poets? Three are highlighted below…
1. Kwame Alexander
2. Ellen Hopkins
3. Adrian Matejka

There’s a lot more information out there featuring other talented poets. Do some searching and don’t forget to check with your librarian…we’re here to help!

Looking for general information about National Poetry Month? Click here.