Mar 29, 2009

Writing Goal Week #13

The last writing goal was to write some newer poems for Marked issue of Blossombones or some new poems for any reason. Not feeling very inspired these days with all the bad economic news, the closure of newspapers across the country, and other personal events. However, the best month of the year is coming, and I feel the tide turning.

Writing Goal Week #13

The distractions continued this week, but I have a new motivator beginning in the middle of this week. I will be joining the Poem-A-Day Challenge on Poetic Asides to provide me with additional incentive to get some poetic verse written, especially since April is National Poetry Month. Check out the list of judges for the PAD Challenge, and you'll notice a familiar name; I interviewed Mary Biddinger, here.


I couldn't get away with not mentioning National Poetry Month, which starts April 1.

The American Academy of Poets has some great information on the festivities, including how to get kids interested in poetry and poetry readings. You can even download a copy of the poster image "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe," which I think is a fantastic creation.

Check out the list of events the academy has embarked upon since 1998. There is a list of events for 2009 on the main page as well, including Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day on April 30, 2009, the Free Verse Photo Project, and the National Poetry Map, where you can look up your state and get a list of events, journals, and other poetic tools near you. Check it out, become active this month!

Here's what's going on for National Poetry Month here at Savvy Verse & Wit:

1. There will be a swath of contemporary poetry book reviews this month, though I do have some fiction tour dates already scheduled for the month, so it won't be all poetry.

2. I will provide you updates on my PAD Challenge progress and other poetry events happening in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia area.

3. The poet interviews should continue this month as well in conjunction with 32 Poems. I urge you to subscribe to the magazine if you have enjoyed the poetry posted with this project and the interviews.

4. There will be updates about the upcoming Conversations and Connections Writer's Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 11 and of course, the recap.

Our first Poetry related event, and its not even April:

Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD, Event, Sunday, March 29 at 2PM:

Poets Richard Blanco, author of "Directions to the Beach of the Dead" and "City of a Hundred Fires," and Jehanne Dubrow, author of "The Hardship Post"

I interviewed Jehanne Dubrow recently, here.


Yvonne said...

Good luck with your goals!

I've given you an award. Stop by and pick it up!

Iliana said...

I love National Poetry Month! I always try to read more poetry and of course post more poems on the blog too. I am hoping there'll be some local events I can go check out. I would love to see what the local slam scene is like.

Anyway, good luck with your writing goals (stay away from the news for a day - I swear that always works to improve my mood) and can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Serena said...

Thanks for the support. I can't wait for National Poetry month to start. I already have a great recap post of today's reading for Tuesday!

Toni said...

Hey there! Right on.. nice reminder about National Poetry Month. As for your goals... keep on truckin...

Ladytink_534 said...

I'll have to make sure to get around to reading some kind of poetry next month. Thanks for the heads-up!

Serena said...

Toni: There will be more reminders where that came from. :)

Ladytink: I'll have some great recommendations for you!

Anna said...

I hear you on all the bad news, but hopefully you can rise above all that and make some progress on your goals. Looking forward to your poetry features during the month.

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Thanks. I hope that everyone will enjoy the posts. I hope to have time to get some more poetry stuff ready for next week over the weekend.