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Poetry Month In Kansas And Beyond

March 28, 2011

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, shares her poetry month activities:

To the Stars Poetry Contest: Weekly poetry contests (two categories; professional and amateur writers) will begin April 1.

Kansas Daily Poem in Your Pocket: Receive a poem written by a Kansas poet along with a daily writing prompt each day of April by sending an email to or download poems from the KAC website.

150 Kansas Poems in 2011 to Celebrate Our Sesquicentennial: Subscribe, view regularly, and submit your own poetry. for details (click on “Guidelines” in upper right-hand corner for details on submitting poems).

Poet Laureati: A National Convergence of Poets Laureate: Learn details of the event. Listen to upcoming radio shows on this event, which happened March 13-14 in Lawrence. Visit United Poets Laureate.

An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate: The first-ever anthology of poetry from state poets laureate — almost 40 in all — was edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, plus three poets laureate emeritus Marilyn L. Taylor (Wisconsin), Walter Bargen (Missouri) and Denise Low (Kansas). Get your copy today through Ice Cube Books.

Other ways to celebrate:

  • Poet Laureate of Kansas: Learn about past and present Poet Laureates of Kansas.
  • Write From Your Life: Poet Laureate of Kansas Mirriam-Goldberg offers “Write From Your Life” monthly columns and podcasts offering writing inspiration and exercises to readers and listeners. She also offers National Poetry Month tips, links and writing exercises.
  • National Poem In Your Pocket Day: Keep a poem in your pocket on April 29 to hand out and scatter around businesses, homes and organizations.
  • Poem on the Range: If anyone should be doing Poem on the Range, it’s those of us who live where the deer and antelope play. Take photos of all that’s poetic to you, or make audio and video recordings, then upload them to a big map of Poems on the Range across America.
  • Poem a Day: Sign up to receive a daily poem via email.
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